Alan Pardew – Creating That Magical Team Spirit Again


The purpose of pre-season is to get the Newcastle both physically and mentally fit, and also match-fit for the important games coming up in August when our lads play three very important games in the first eight days of the season.

Alan Pardew – creating that magical team spirit again

And one of those games is the first leg of a two leg qualifying tie against opposition we wont get to know until the draw is made on August 10th – which seems just a little ridiculous – but we must qualify for the group stages of the Europa League.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, whose star has risen high since he joined the famous Tyneside club,  is very clear what the role of pre-season is for his Newcastle troops, and he had this to say today in the Evening Chronicle:

“This German trip will be a case of really working hard on the physical side and mentally, going into the games and trying to tune up a little bit. In the past, it’s about getting players physically fit.”

“Times have changed – our players have all come back more or less the weight they left, apart from a little pound here and there.” “Some have actually lost a couple of pounds.”

“It’s about getting back in the groove mentally.” “Getting back in the team ethic, and understanding what we do.” “It’s trying to get that mental strength for the season.”

Alan Pardew will be hoping to rekindle that great team spirit all the players showed last season, and this is really another bonding trip, much like the American tour of last summer.

The lads will all eat together and start to get to know each other a lot better as the summer wears on, and Newcastle showed last season just how important great team spirit is to any top side.

There’s a little less uncertainty right now than we had last season  at this time, with Jose Enrique wanting away from Newcastle, and that’s always a negative influence in the squad – when somebody’s not happy on Tyneside.

But at the time Alan Pardew was trying to persuade Jose to stay, and we’re sure he would have stayed, if he knew just how well Newcastle would do last season in finishing in 5th place, but the Spanish U21 International, at the time,  thought Newcastle lacked ambition.

Of course  Jose wasn’t to know just how good the two new signings – Yohan Cabaye and Demba Ba – would turn out for Newcastle – two of the very best signings by any club last summer.

But Jose’s left now and he’s Newcastle history, and we just have to hope our lads can be as good or even better next season than they were last term.

And yes, we know that’s asking quite a lot – but somehow we feel very positive about the future at Newcastle these days.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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104 comments so far

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Jul 14, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #1

    It’s like deja vu all over again

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Jul 14, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #2

    We can’t be expected to play Chelsea 48 bloody hours after a Europa league game

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  • Tommyy

    Jul 14, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #3

    From the previous tread, I too am worried about Marveaux. Looks like such a good player but what’s the point if he can’t play? Hope he gets a good preseason and comes out firing.

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Jul 14, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #4

    Following on from the endless wishlists of transfers.
    Reckon we need seven new first team starters
    (not one of them a donkey)
    Here is my list of signings:

    Ebola LB (prob will go to ACON but might not come back)
    Toilet CB (No 2 and really young so might need training)
    Kreutzfeld Jakobs DM (great header – bit of a no brainer)
    Lupus CB (Brazilian but wants to play for Romania)
    Mal Aria AM (on the short side, buzzes around a lot)
    Dai Rhea AM (Welsh left footer and unbelievably fast when you least expect it)
    Iz Chemic CF ( a real heart stopper)

    Reckon we can get all the above for free if we shop around – and what a killer team we’d have…

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  • SupaToonKid

    Jul 14, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #5

    For the fans who were dissapointed/worried that we lost to such lowly opposition yesterday don’t be so anxious no Prem side has won an pre-season fixture so fair (baring in mind only us, Citteh & West Ham have played so far). Citteh lost 1-0 to Al Hilal & West Ham lost 3-1 to Austria Vienna & drew 1-1 vs Borehamwood.

    Don’t start going all England about friendlies as the results are not massively important it’s all about getting match fitness & awareness & helping youth players & new signings adapted into the first team set up. The first couple of friendlies it’s probably good to lose as it helps us address the problems that we have so Pards & co. can try sort these out in training or turn to the transfer market to add more depth/quality in areas.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 14, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #6

    with all our extra games and Demba’s dodgy knee, I hope Pardew is brave enough to stick to the 433 which brought us 6 wins on the spin, but rotate Demba and Cisse in a front 3, as 442 just takes a lot of Cabaye’s and benny’s impact out of the game

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  • SupaToonKid

    Jul 14, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #7

    Tommyy

    I’m sure Marveaux will be fine but Pards would’ve rested him anyway as Marv even without the niggle; it’s not another big injury just precaution as we had with HBA last season. Sylvain should get a good run around against Monaco (didn’t want to risk him in such a worthless match as yesterdays).

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 14, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #8

    Magpies fly high

    some good ones there, others need a bit of work!

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  • dmac

    Jul 14, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #9

    I swear magpies fly high thats like the 400 th time i have seen you post that.

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  • cupiddstunt

    Jul 14, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #10

    MagpiesFlyHigh @# 4

    Where do you get this idea about them being free??????????????

    They will come with all sorts of fees, an seeing as you have seven on your list then if they come with around three mil in associated fees and costs (and that is a conservative estimate) then that is twenty one mil away from being free.

    So just for my benefit would you explain to me where that is free.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jul 14, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #11

    ED … “we wont get to know until the draw is made on August 10th – which seems just a little ridiculous”.

    Ridiculous .. how?
    How can UEFA draw the third qualifying round before the first two have taken place?

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  • toonincheek

    Jul 14, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #12

    cupid @10
    lol – read it again.

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  • pbNcl

    Jul 14, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #13

    Hhmmmmmm

    Hasn’t demba ba just said he’s not foing nowhere cos nobody’s come in for him. Maybe I’m nitpicking and ill sure be happy that it looks he’s gonna stay. But its not exactly ”I love you newcastle I’m NOT gonna leave”

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  • cupiddstunt

    Jul 14, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #14

    Toonincheek @ # 12

    Yep I suppose I should pay a bit more attention. 🙂 🙂

    I just saw another list with free in it so responded, I didn’t look closely at the player names so I suppose I am a bit of an arse but it just goes to show things are not always as they first appear.

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  • pbNcl

    Jul 14, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #15

    *going

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  • MacToon

    Jul 14, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #16

    😆

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  • TorqToon

    Jul 14, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #17

    Probably the most excited I’ve felt about a season in a long time! The excitement was there last year but now, knowing how good our players are…it’s so much more intensified!

    Also apologies for a shameless plug…but my brothers business is a printing business and he has just released the new range!! Finally get to show respect to the man behind the magic!

    http://www.loopyparrot.co.uk/graham-carr-trust-shirt-p-186.html

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  • pbNcl

    Jul 14, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #18

    I like the new strip, should make it that bit easier for players to pick each other out with it being lighter

    Is debauchy here yet

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  • AndyMac

    Jul 14, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #19

    Season not yet started and cupidstunt begins where he left off ! LMAO 🙂

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  • mattnufc

    Jul 14, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #20

    Chant in the tune of 500 miles by the Proclaimers:

    Papiss will score 500 goals and Papiss will score 500 more,
    Just to be the man who scores 1000 goals like never before,

    Papiss Cisse (Leazes),
    Papiss Cisse (Gallowgate),
    Papiss Cisse (Leazes),
    Papiss Cisse (Gallowgate),
    Pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-paa-paaaaa,

    Papiss Cisse (Leazes),
    Papiss Cisse (Gallowgate),
    Papiss Cisse (Leazes),
    Papiss Cisse (Gallowgate),
    Pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-paa-paaaaa,

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  • dmac

    Jul 14, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #21

    As much as i hate that tune, if it worked it would be quite impressive.

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  • Wor Shearer

    Jul 14, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #22

    @TorqToon

    I hope your brother got Graham’s consent before printing those shirts. If not, he might find himself in a sticky situation.

    Nice T’s though!

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  • PIBID (the poster formerly known as hattambenarfa)

    Jul 14, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #23

    Krul
    Debuchy Colo Taylor Santon
    HBA Cabaye Jonas Tiote Marv
    Cisse

    Elliot
    Tav Willo Good Fergie
    Amalf Gosling Abeid Bigi sammi
    ba

    and then still have perch raylor vuckic shola ober off the top of my head, were not actually that light on numbers, just quality imo

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Jul 14, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #24

    dmac

    Repost from yesterday – went on as Ed changed thread so its the 3rd time up…

    cupidstunt

    Exactly right – all the guys putting up extensive pie in the sky wishlists with free transfers on always miss out fees, registrations, developemtn fees for under 24s etc., so my DEATH WISH LIST (all are in the top ten fatal disease list) has also deliberately missed out on all the real life costs. Just totally Pd off with Football Manager types thinking they can over-rode the real worls from their computer screens – especially Ketsbaia

    Rant over

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  • Beardo Ameobi

    Jul 14, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #25

    Another exasperating day of inactivity it is then!

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  • clinath@ed

    Jul 14, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #26

    How can you bring in 7 “first team” players in one swoop, and expect them to gell into a team? Exactly which of the first team would you drop anyway?

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  • pbNcl

    Jul 14, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #27

    Is micky ‘pi55take’ owen still without a club?
    Hahahaha while smudger was a club’s top transfer target! Wonder if owen realises he’s finished yet, horrible little man

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jul 14, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #28

    Wow

    Person #2 completely fails to spot the joke.

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Jul 14, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #29

    clinath@ed

    Have you read any of Ketsbaia’s wish lists ?
    Read the names, rant @24 and think again…:-)

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  • yorkshireToon

    Jul 14, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #30

    Just a thought on debuchy, surely we can’t expect a signing until he’s done with his holiday after the euros so i’d say when cabaye joins us again.. anyone know when that is? That’s when debuchy will be done with his holiday and when he’ll sign!

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  • TorqToon

    Jul 14, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #31

    Woe Shearer – I believe it would only ever be an issue if GC had copyright or image rights to his own face which I believe is highly unlikely! Lol Also the image used is in the public domain which allows its use. Heck…I dunno the ins and outs of it…all I know is it’s a great Tee and a great tribute to the man! 🙂

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Jul 14, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #32

    YT

    still dunno for sure he’s on his way to the Toon

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Jul 14, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #33

    Torq of the Toon

    Some real cool T’s there…

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  • TorqToon

    Jul 14, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #34

    Cheers MFH – I put forward the initial idea of ICWT tee’s as I figured it’s one of the most used sayings I hear around Newcastle, the south of england where family are and on this blog. Toon fans all over the world follow this mantra. And I figured…if I would wear it, hopefully so would others?!

    I’m not normally for shameless plugs but wanted to help out the family. 🙂

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  • IFC.Toon

    Jul 14, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #35

    Maybe try Ba in behind Cisse ? That’s we’re Ba has played before

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  • ToonAndy

    Jul 14, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #36

    ICF.TOON – U mean chucking on of these out ?

    ——————————KRUL———————–

    DEBUCHY——SAYLOR–COLLO—–SANTON

    ——————————TIOTE———————–

    BEN ARFA————CABAYE—–MARVEAUX

    ——————————–BA—————————-

    ——————————-CISSE————————

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  • ~Perchinho the Pheonix~

    Jul 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #37

    By the looks of it, Debuchy is going to be our next signing. Really hope all this positive news has truth in it, and not just another wind up. Hoping to see him holding up the white and black kit on the official site.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jul 14, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #38

    I think we’ll make 4 first team signings and the rest will be for the development squad. I personally think we’ll sign:

    Debuchy
    Anita
    Luuk De Jong
    Aldereweild

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  • ~Debuchery~

    Jul 14, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #39

    Btw How did Mehdi perform yesterday?

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  • ~Debuchery~

    Jul 14, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #40

    Ketsbaia9

    Are you doing this to deliberately wind up some posters here?

    Ajax want 10-12million Euro’s for Anita. – Not happening
    Source: http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11695/7862339/Black-Cats-eye-Magpies-target

    2. Alderwield has said he does not want to leave
    3. Luuk De Jong has come out and said he wants to play with Mongendeblach.

    The only player on that list we have a good chance of signing is Debuchy.

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