Alan Pardew – Let’s Be Thankful For What We’ve Got

We always thought it was going to be very difficult to repeat last season’s accomplishments, but we haven’t made too bad a start to the season, and it’s nothing that a couple of wins at Everton and at home to Norwich City on Sunday, will not put right very quickly.

Alan Pardew – let’s be thankful for what we’be got

But the main gripe with Newcastle fans right now is that we just didn’t bring in enough players over the summer, and with five injuries already this season – to Cheick Tiote, Ryan Taylor, Danny Simpson, Fab Coloccini and Tim Krul – the squad already looks stretched and we have two games a week for most of the rest of this year.

And the Newcastle manager and the Newcastle powers that be, are very aware of this criticism coming on radio talk shows and on the various Newcastle blogs, and Alan has done his best to address the fans’ concerns.

In the Sunday Sun today Alan Pardew has defended Newcastle’s transfer dealings over the summer, and he points out there’s still a number of players that Newcastle fans haven’t seen much of yet.

This is what Alan said today:

“You have to look over the period of 18 months that I’ve been here. I think we have spent very well and wisely.” “You could argue that we should have gone out and spent more money on players, but then if it didn’t work out that would have been a bigger criticism.”

“We spent the money wisely and I think our fans should be thankful for that.” “Graham Carr did a tremendous job in targeting players and we have done our best to develop the ones we already have, and we think there are one or two at the club the fans haven’t seen yet.”

“They haven’t seen Sammy Ameobi this season or much of Romain Amalfitano.””Cheick Tiote has hardly played.” “So I think we should be thankful for what we’ve got. We have a competitive squad.” “I have no problem with these radio debate shows, I really don’t.” “I do think they tend to lean on the negative rather than the positive.”

“You have to look at the bigger picture.” “We had a fantastic season last year and this time we’ve had two European games and two international breaks; the season hasn’t really got going.” “There has been this talk because, in my view, the fans have had some time on their hands.”

“Now we have a run of games and I think we’ll prove that we are a good side.”

When you look at the big picture, and not be depressed too much because we didn’t get more points out of our first three games, Newcastle still have a good squad, and it’s probably better than last year at this time.

So with a little bit of luck and good fortune, there’s no real reason why we cannot soon start doing well again – but we’ll have a better idea of how things will go this season after we’ve played a few more games.

The targets by the end of the year are probably to be in or around the top six in the league,  and to qualify out of the group stages of the Europa League – and those two goals are still possible.

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26 comments so far

  • cupiddstunt

    Sep 16, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #1

    From prev post 2 past

    Jesperfuglsang @ # 22

    I think that is what the club is trying to do, pre-empt the player development stage where the player starts developing a name and attracting attention thus inflating the price, by looking at the 15,16,17,18 year olds and getting them before they start to rise to the top.

    This is one of the reasons I am not too distressed at the moment with the club, I think we are collecting a very promising group of young players and at ages that will feed through to the first squad over several years thus ensuring some sustainability.

  • cupiddstunt

    Sep 16, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #2

    I think we are going to struggle to repeat last season’s position but I feel we will not be too far short and that to me is an improvement

  • tarie4

    Sep 16, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #3

    I agree with pards here, fans have had a lot of tym on their hands, and we do normally look at the negatives, we never try to balance out our views.. But 7 games in 20 something days..
    Fantastic. Let the games begin 🙂

  • check the toastie

    Sep 16, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #4

    Good words from Pardew them, gotta say he does seem to be a positive guy, shame his tactics are on the negative side, in a way i am glad Collo is injured and Perch will cover CB as i am sure Pardew would go with him as a DCM, which has been proven to be flawed.

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Sep 16, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #5

    If we finish 5th, it’s like a one place improvement just because of the fact that Chelsea will be title challengers. So 6th would be like staying in the same place as last year! 🙂

  • cupiddstunt

    Sep 16, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #6

    I would be more than happy with some decent cup runs and a top third finish.

    I understand we over achieved last season and as a consequence I think some fans are hoping to better that finish, I for one do not see that happening but top third is good in my eyes.

    And I do not think I am lacking ambition

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 16, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #7

    Quit trying to tell us what to think/feel, you puppet.

  • tarie4

    Sep 16, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #8


    I think our aim this season shud be to get into Europe again next season. We need to make it a habit and not do a Everton, Fulham where one season we are next season we ain’t. If U look at the epl, all teams we strength and depth and have massive squads, are teams that consistently play European football, it helps develop youngsters but most importantly helps U build a strong side over time.

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Sep 16, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #9


    perchinho has done really well as DCM…probably his best position so why the criticism.

    Also Pardew plays for points and changes formation according to who he has got available, the opposition, and how the team is playing. He is NOT a negative coach. Maybe cautious at times but we don’t have a team of ‘entertainers’ any more..

  • tarie4

    Sep 16, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #10

    check the toastie

    Probably be perch at right back, Saylor and Williamson at CB and santon at lb

  • dave 1961

    Sep 16, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #11

    Pardew full of crap hes never even addressed the problem of a lack of defensive cover, the only defensive cover we have is from Pardew defending Llambias. everyone and his dog knew we needed defensive cover and younger targets would have been good enough. its like going on a long journey in your car and checking your oil & water before setting off.

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 16, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #12

    Yeah, a decent cup run and top 3rd finish is a good season, but I think we need to qualify for Europe again to keep our best and also attract quality. I think this could well prove a watershed season for the Toon, we’ll either keep moving forward or perhaps slip back.

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Sep 16, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #13


    Story is that Pards had a real set to with Lamearse over failure to get players signed so don’t think you’re right there..

  • tarie4

    Sep 16, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #14

    dave 1961

    ” younger targets would have been good enough”

    we did buy Good who is young?? And tavs been promoted too. Also Anita can play rb/lb

    Yes we did need more quality, and do U want pards to go public in his displeasure if del boy?? Really??

    I am all for him backing the management or owner in public, it keeps the vultures away. We need to show unity not disunity. That got us relegated remember!!

  • solano

    Sep 16, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #15

    It’s Patsy Pardew again!
    His “be thankful” remarks remind me of Llambias’ threat last year:” You don’t know how nasty we can be!”
    It’s quite clear that Pards wanted to kick on and prove that his fab achievments last year were not a one off. Unfortunately, his bosses don’t share that footballing ambition and are making it extremely difficult.
    Never mind, these new utterances are manna from heaven for the cuckold crew!

  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 16, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #16

    Thanksgiving is celebrated each year on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States 😉

    Jokes aside…Cupid….I think you are probably right mate. I was merely pointing out it is a bit funny how we are always being linked to these players who we should have been linked with two years ago since they will now probably cost more than Mike will pay up 🙂 and they will no longer be development players but first team players 🙂

  • Jan Stavik

    Sep 16, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #17

    Quite sure we’ll be hammered at Everton on Monday night. Without Coloccini, Tiote, Krul etc we’ll be exposed.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 16, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #18

    Ruddy Jiz…couldn’t you just change your moniker back to Beardo the Weirdo?

  • check the toastie

    Sep 16, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #19

    Magpies – Perch has done OK when coming on as sub and closing games down against such powerhouses as Norwich and Villa at home. When he has started games as a centre midfielder the team has functioned poorly, anybody who says it is his best position, for me doesnt understand the game.

    I challenge anybody on the blog to name a game were we played well when Perch started CM.

  • cupiddstunt

    Sep 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #20

    tarie4 @ # 8

    I agree 100% that our aim should be to repeat entry into Europe on a consistent basis as this achieves so many other things.

    We raise or profile it makes us a more attractive club to stay with/come and join, psychologically we will be seen by other clubs as above them and so harder to beat and as a consequence become harder to beat.

    I also feel that teams that are consistently around 5th to 8th are in a far stronger position to break top four than teams below that, and that has to be the ultimate aim, to break into the top four.

    I feel we are maybe a couple of seasons away from challenging the top four but we are shaping up well to give it a shot.

  • bills-son

    Sep 16, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #21

    Solano – remember your ‘revolving door’ comments in the summer when you said that Ashley’s policy of constantly selling our best players would rear its ugly head again? Of course, yet again, your doom laden predictions were proven spectacularly wrong. Have you EVER got anything right?

    I notice you’ve never said ‘I cant believe Ashley never cashed in on any of our top players, he’s obviously got more ambition than I thought’.

    Nah, you just prattle away on another doom laden bit of nonsense. Sad man.

  • solano

    Sep 16, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #22

    Yeah Bills…the door is temporarily out of order…that’s why we didn’t bring the required numbers in…get it?
    Ambition? Stagnation?

  • dave 1961

    Sep 16, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #23

    yes i was happy with good but untried at any level so i expected more cover than that but i am totally with the youth policy unfortunately i don’t think the club is.

  • dave 1961

    Sep 16, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #24

    we had no except able offers for any players we had a couple of enquirers but no offer you cant sell players without buyers.

  • mindshaft

    Sep 16, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #25

    Yup – in fans eyes it’s all about the last game and the next, if we’d hammered villa people would be a lot happier – hopefully we’ll beat toffees on Monday – it is weird with the international breaks it’s like the season hasn’t started yet

  • stuart no9

    Sep 16, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #26

    AP – ” Lets be thankful for what weve got ” well ! let me put it this way, if i was happy with what weve got, i simply would not be ambitious, which is the problem we have with this owner. i am not atall surprised with his comments,it just cements what most of us knew all along. AP, a few weeks ago was NOT happy with what he had,needless to say he has been hauled in front of batman and robin and been told to behave or else.We all know AP dare talk out of turn as far as our cape crusaders are concerned, hence the stupid , but predictable remember when you pay your £40-50 ticket entrance.and struggle to put a team out worthy of that money, due to injuries- dont dare moan-dont get mad- watch what is served up on that field, pause-and be thankful for what you see.


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