There Aren’t Many Better Managers Than Alan Pardew


Ian Wright played with Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace from 1987 until 1991, when he joined Arsenal, where he really made a name for himself, and he has complimented the Newcastle manager today , who received a new eight year contract for himself and his staff yesterday, as one of the best managers in the Premier League.

Alan Pardew – never a great player but had opinions

Wright has told ESPN that Alan was very vocal in the dressing room when they played together at Palace, and it’s not surprising that Alan went straight into management at Reading ibn 1999, after his playing days were over at that particular club.

This is what Wright had to say about the Newcastle manager:

“Pards was never the most blessed footballer technically, he was always a guy who had opinions and thoughts on how the game should be played, so it doesn’t surprise me to see him doing so well.” “There are not many better managers in the Premier League right now than Pards in my opinion.”

“There has been talk of Alan being pushed towards the Tottenham or even the England job earlier this year, but I think Newcastle is a much better place for him to be.” “There is not so much pressure up there as there would be at a club where they are expecting to win stuff and he was quick to distance himself from links with the England job when they came up.”

“Anyway, what is the rush for people in the modern game to be appointed to big positions? The way I see it, some managers are being thrown into big jobs long before they are ready for them.”  “I look at Andre Villas-Boas as a guy who is being promoted a little too quickly. He didn’t shower himself in glory at Chelsea at all and then he somehow gets the job at Tottenham.”

“Now you look at the things he is doing there; Michael Dawson is captain one minute, then next he wants him out. There were mixed messages over Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe at the start of the season as well.”  “Okay, he won the Europa League at FC Porto and did well in the Portuguese league, but that should never have been enough to give him the Chelsea job, so I was not surprised when it all blew up.”

It’s strange that Ian says there’s not much pressure at Newcastle – which planet is he living on?

But to be fair to the former Arsenal striker, he said there was not too much pressure to win stuff at Newcastle, and we suppose that’s fairly true, at least at the moment.

From what we’ve seen since Alan Pardew joined Newcastle in December of 2010, he’s in an almost perfect job that matches his personality and you can tell by the way he goes about the business that he just loves being the manager of Newcastle United.

And he has very quickly taken in the history of the club, and seems determined to make Newcastle into a top side again both in England and in Europe.

Now he will have the time to do it, and we hope that’s exactly what happens – and the sooner the better.

Howay The Lads!!

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35 comments so far

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 28, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #1

    Starting to think this revolution is in no way a flash in the pan.

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  • IITianToon

    Sep 28, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #2

    I thought we played 10x better than how we played at Norwich.. most balls played on the ground.. okay so we lacked quality when it came to the final ball or final shot.. but hey at least the up and comers know how to play football..
    I wonder how some parents let their children enroll in the Stoke academy

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  • IITianToon

    Sep 28, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #3

    No offence please!

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  • stuart no9

    Sep 28, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #4

    pards new 8 year deal is very odd to say the least. could it be that ash is , again , looking to sell the club and dosnt want his mate to be financially out of pocket? just a thought!.

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  • ppb

    Sep 28, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #5

    Stuart. come on. really?

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  • Tinman

    Sep 28, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #6

    Stuart… Check this out bro, you will love it http://listverse.com/2007/08/21/top-10-conspiracy-theories/

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  • Ian Toon

    Sep 28, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #7

    Pardew always displayed the ability to be a top manager but for well ventilated reasons lost his way. He has recognised what an honour it is to manage a club with such untapped massive potential and the acclamation he will receive when we actually achieves something. He’s at a perfect age to undertake the whole exciting venture. The
    travelling toon army will be in good voice tomorrow. Bring on Reading and 3 points- enjoy your weekend.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 28, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #8

    Good morning campers.

    Didn’t know Pardew played with Wright before he went to Arsenal. Learn something new every day, so that’s me for Friday. Smooth sailing from here for the rest of the day 🙂

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  • Jimay

    Sep 28, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #9

    Reading between the lines…Fergie and Arsene are about to get sacked!

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  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 28, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #10

    More likely he got the big contract because the club think a big club will come in for him and at least they’ll get a big compensation fee if he does go or the big contract encourages him to stay.

    Most likely though, they gave it to him for the reasons given by Llambias and put simply, he deserves it.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 28, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #11

    On the Llambias article.

    In reality, this has already been said. I don’t believe this statement will change the minds of people who just don’t believe in him or the plan, nor has it made me more or less confident in the plan. At the end of the day, Ashley, Llambias and even Pardew could just be full of it, them releasing this sort of info doesn’t prove or disprove this, it all comes down to what you believe and what you think you see is going on.

    Personally, the signs look promising, so I will continue with my optimism. Now there’s a surprise for you all 😉

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  • Jimay

    Sep 28, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #12

    Another reason can also be that Alan and his coaching staff works very well together with Derek and Mike which is an important thing for a club to go forward.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 28, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #13

    Jawballs…..There wont be just one factor, but a combination. It protects the club, Pardew, everyone really.

    It is a positive, I can’t see where some fans are unhappy, I really can’t. I find it funny, those that don’t think Pardew should be managing us, don’t seem to be able to provide an answer to who should be (whilst remaining realistic).

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  • Magpie from Lithuania

    Sep 28, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #14

    What is AP wind, draw and lost game record?

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  • WWYCD

    Sep 28, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #15

    8 more years of Pards? Seems slightly odd to me that he got such a huge contract doesnt really mean much though I suppose could still be sacked without a second thought

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  • stuart no9

    Sep 28, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #16

    ok, sounds a biy of a long shot, however, all im saying is could it happen.? if not – why not? is it possible that ash is going to sell the club? , would a guy as hard as ash, give someone an 8 year deal when he dosnt know what is going to happen this season or even next. in football things can change overnight. they could fall out next week what happens then. man u and sir alex ?- yeah ok , but even then 8 years dosnt ring true. all im saying is look at the logic. ive been in business 25 year , and would never commit to anything like that unless i had an ulterior motive. ash is smarter than me, all the more strange, that he has just give someone an 8 year deal. i could be totally wrong,but then again !!

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  • TorqToon

    Sep 28, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #17

    Ian – I agree mate! Walk away from the deal in the summer – to pick up a bargain in the winter! What fee did frieburg ask for Cissé? £13.5mil ??? We get him 4montha later for £8mil ! Maybe we wil finally secure debuchy for €6m and Douglas for an even bigger bargain given his contract situation!

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  • wynsleap

    Sep 28, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #18

    Stuart No. 9 @ 4 – That is a strong possibility I’d have thought.
    Think Pardew has done a great job since he came here and can’t be faulted however I worry that the length of this contract could take away the ambition and fire from an employee and replace it with complacency.
    When you’re sitting pretty on a good 8yr deal with guaranteed employment and know that if you do get sacked you’re going to have a nice pay-off, where’s the motivation?
    And why is Llambias comparing stability with Ferguson and Wenger? They actually win things. This long contract will be worth it when Alan actually has some success (and that doesn’t mean 5th place).
    Having said that Ashley could help the manager by making some investment on the playing side rather than trying to make a profit each transfer window.
    I find it all rather strange I must admit.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 28, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #19

    Stuart….There certainly is some merit in that Ashley is cleaning up shop, just with a view to sell the club. I don’t see an issue with that to be honest (despite the fact we may actually find ourselves missing him running the show – better the devil you know and all that).

    As people have said, contracts can be cancelled, so not really that odd. I personally think the club is happy with the team from Pardew to Carr, so want to have some stability for all those concerned. Time will tell mate.

    I wish I could stop using “time will tell” – use it far too often!

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  • Belly

    Sep 28, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #20

    This is fantastic news!
    I was as unsure about the “cockney mafia” as anyone, but my gosh what a turn around. Sure the whole Sports Direct Arena thing is still a bitter pill to swallow but anyone in their right mind would advertise for free if they were in Ashley’s position.
    Pardew is a great manager, no question. He is tactically sound and is fantastic with players young and old. He’s a thoroughly modern manager in every way, I can defiantly see him as England manager one day, this contract will help the club fend off any club coming in for Pardew aswell.
    I get the same feeling about Pardew as our manager as I did about Sir Bobby during his time. He shows the same passion and commitment as Bobby did and you can tell exactly how proud he is to be manager of our great club, just like Bobby. I really hope he can emulate Sir Bobby and get us into the champions league and hopefully go one step better and bring us some much needed silverware. Pardew is defiantly the man to take us forward. The future is bright!

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  • stuart no9

    Sep 28, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #21

    ibiza @ 11 well put . it is down to the individual how they perceive this. i would take this with a pinch of salt, as i am 99% sure pards will not be manager in 2020.

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  • wynsleap

    Sep 28, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #22

    Belly – well there you are, we all have nothing to worry about!

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  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 28, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #23

    It is amazingly long though isn’t it. A week is a long time in football, so how do you gauge 8 years, didn’t we have 6 managers in Ashley’s first 3 years. Probably not worth the paper it’s written on at the end of the day, perhaps more PR than anything else.

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  • stuart no9

    Sep 28, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #24

    wyn the leap @18 could it also be ash has found a guy in pards who can relieve the pressure on him dramatically when ash throws one of his grenades in our direction? also there MUST be some kind of “get out clause ” in the contract to benefit ash.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 28, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #25

    Stuart…..8 years is a long time. Even take out footballing reasons, there are many things that may stop Pardew being with us 8 years, health being one factor. There is no reason to think if he keeps performing that he wont be here for the full term. That surely is the ideal situation. The key being as long as we are performing.

    Either way, not worth stressing about things that we just don’t know. Let’s try and enjoy the ride.

    Belly….I personally agree.

    Wynsleap….He’s just stating his opinion, wrong side of the bed this morning 😉

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  • alanrichie

    Sep 28, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #26

    LMAO @ Timman

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  • stuart no9

    Sep 28, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #27

    ibiza @ 19 yep – totally agree, and as you say – time will tell. oops sorry fella.

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  • stuart no9

    Sep 28, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #28

    belly @20 bloody hell calm down mate, he hasnt won nowt yet. are you his son or what??????????

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  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 28, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #29

    Belly, I’m sure your hearts in the right place and I admire your enthusiasm, you might even be proven to be right, but that is some pretty heavy handed tub thumping.

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  • stuart no9

    Sep 28, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #30

    jaw @29 hahahahahah. tub thumping -quality.

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  • wynsleap

    Sep 28, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #31

    Stuart No.9 @ 24 – Or could it be Ash knows that with that kind of contract Pardew will continue to be his mouthpiece and never complain about anything again?
    It all depends on which way you look at things.
    Ibizatoon @25 – No I’m feeling fine this morning thanks – even better when I heard Belly’s recommendation of our esteemed manager. I want some of what’s he’s taking!

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  • stuart no9

    Sep 28, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #32

    wyn- whats belly gonna be like when we do win something ?
    he:ll be like a man possessed. lol

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 28, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #33

    Sorry guys, been away. Belly is as entitled to be enthusiastic as you are not so. Would be a sad state of affairs if everyone wasn’t so upbeat. Balance is needed.

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  • stuart no9

    Sep 28, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #34

    ibiza -i couldnt agree more on that point, however , what state would our blog be in with out a bit of sarcastic humor. i am sure you have dished it out before, as well as having to take it – who hasnt on this blog? so lighten up a tadge . i,m in the west end next week , will have to meet up for a laugh.

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  • shanghai fan

    Sep 28, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #35

    @ 19 I think time will tell us if you are using it too often 😉

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