Why Alan Pardew Will Not Get Good Reception At Reading


Alan Pardew seems certain he will not get a good reception at his former club Reading tomorrow afternoon, and that’s because he left them in mid-season to take over at West Ham United in 2003, when he got the offer from the Upton Park club.

Alan Pardew – while manager at Reading fromn 1999-2003

It was early in the 2003–2004 season when West Ham United asked Reading for permission to appoint Alan Pardew as their new manager, but Reading refused, and Alan then resigned from his position at Reading.

After a compromise agreement had been reached between the two clubs, Alan then became manager of West Ham United – so it’s not too surprising that Alan will not get a hero’s welcome tomorrow at the Medejski Stadium.

Alan is hoping the Newcastle fans can drown out the boos from the opposition fans, and he had this to say today in the local press:

“I won’t get a good reception.” “In fact it will be horrendous probably because of the way I left. It will be a pretty charged-up atmosphere. And we’ll need our fans to be as vocal as they can be in their support, as they always are.”

“I went back with a West Ham team a few years back and they didn’t grasp the intensity of the opposition.” “With the atmosphere tomorrow I really need our fans to give their backing to the team.” “As I say it is a shame we couldn’t get the result for them at Man United.”

“We have Bordeaux and then the two toughest games of the season after Reading with Man United at home and Sunderland in the derby. We are in good fettle and want that to continue.”

Last time out in the Premier League Newcastle got a very hard fought 3 points in a close game with Norwich City at home, and tomorrow’s game is one in which we should again be able to get the win – if we play somewhere near our best form.

And the fact that both Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse now seem to be in good goal-scoring form should help the cause.

A win tomorrow afternoon at Reading would be great and give us 11 points from our six league games, and we’ll be able to climb that league table a little bit.

What do you think?

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172 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 28, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #1

    Relying on the toon army to make some noise? That’ll be tough 🙂

    I expect to get the win tomorrow, but of course, there are never any guarantees. If we play anywhere near to the best of our ability it shouldn’t be an issue.

    Also, looking forward to seeing the Demba’s this weekend. Both have scored now and I hope to see them terrorising Reading.

    Let’s hope Guthrie doesn’t put in one of his more inspired performances. He’ll probably have a point to prove, overall though, we are by far a better team and this is a game we should be looking to win and hopefully convincingly.

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  • rainrix

    Sep 28, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #2

    1st?

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 28, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #3

    mu ha ha

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  • rainrix

    Sep 28, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #4

    Dang

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  • toonking

    Sep 28, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #5

    pardew if you get a bad reception thing of it as was way to be very nasty to reading and try scoring 4 goals.

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  • rainrix

    Sep 28, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #6

    jesus pards was that grey 10 years ago? Damn.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 28, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #7

    Jesper…Just taken a little look at the league.

    357 – FC Pipedream (233)
    364 – Ibiza (232)

    1 Point mate. I thought you were further ahead than that. Going to cheering Cisse over Ba this weekend (purely for fantasy football reasons).

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  • toonking

    Sep 28, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #8

    team tomorrow providing colo does not start.
    harper
    antia_taylor_perch/willo_santon
    _________tiote
    ___cabaye_____jonas
    HBA_____________cisse/ba
    ________ba/cisse
    4-3-3

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  • toonLYF

    Sep 28, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #9

    really disappointed with Cabaye being out tomorrow, was expecting a good game from him

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 28, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #10

    LYF….Say what? Since when? Why? I need answers and some valium.

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  • toonLYF

    Sep 28, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #11

    posted by Miles Starforth who supports NUFC and is an established writer for the Shields Gazette. Can’t see it being made up due to that, plus i think he has just been to some sort of press conference. Trying to find out details now.

    (i wouldn’t of posted that if i wasn’t 99% sure it’s legit)

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 28, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #12

    LYF…Lovely. Just going to go find a cliff to jump off. Back later.

    OK then, so no Cabaye. Who does everyone want to see in his place? Bigi? Does Mr T and Mini T offer enough going forward? Could be everyone’s favourite, Dan Gosling? Do you know who could have come in? Guthrie.

    I regret typing that already 🙂

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 28, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #13

    toonLYF

    obertan will slot straight in there

    hahahaha

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  • IITianToon

    Sep 28, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #14

    @Ibiza most of your predictions seem legit… even Fulham 1 Man City considering they are going through a rough patch..

    Ba and Cisse to start firing together.. gosh even thinking about it is giving me Goosebumps!!

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  • toonking

    Sep 28, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #15

    lyf has the story of cabaye out only just come through
    from what i read on that last post colo is the injury dout.

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 28, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #16

    remember all the great passes he made against man u
    hmmmmmm

    think not

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  • AlanSmith.

    Sep 28, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #17

    The reading fans are probably the tamest fans in the country. as a newcastle fan, living down here in reading, i’ll be at the game. alan pardew can make more noise than the reading fans himself.

    not going to watch a football match tomorrow. im going to watch a piece of art by Pards and Co. — don’t often get to see my beloved newcastle, and i’ve been waiting for this day since like a school kid waits for christmas, reading got taken over last January and started spending their way to the premier league!!!!!!!

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  • rainrix

    Sep 28, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #18

    ibiza.. I don’t recommend valium at all its very very bad :). Not something you want to take once then just stop ;). Now tramadol on the other hand will dull your pain, and every other part of your being.

    With cabaye being out i’d like to see bigi there although thats not much creativity in CM. Perch could really do with a rest. I say try anita next to tiote and have tav at rb. Although that wont happen likely.

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  • toonLYF

    Sep 28, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #19

    Reading score most of their goals from wide area’s crossed to that big bastard Pogrebnyak(?) Therefore we need our strongest full backs, meaning Anita/Santon, therefore i’d have to go with Bigi/Cheick. Think it will do the trick as for all we know, Ba and Cisse could both be flying tomorrow. Arfa will be, of course, he knows no other.

    4-4-2!

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  • toonking

    Sep 28, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #20

    if he is out i would say it will be perch who will fit in his place while willo and taylor are in CB

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  • toonLYF

    Sep 28, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #21

    i’ve put my soul on the line by announcing Cabaye being out with any information 😛

    Toonking – literally just 10 minutes ago mate.

    catchy – if Cabaye is the dreamboat, would that make Obertan at centre mid the nightmareboat?

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  • IITianToon

    Sep 28, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #22

    What the bloody hell.. Tooth problem.. oh come on Yo surely you can play through a painful tooth!!!

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  • rainrix

    Sep 28, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #23

    Haha speaking of painkillers a tooth problem really yohan really?

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  • toonLYF

    Sep 28, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #24

    i’d be more than happy with

    —————Harper—————-
    Anita—–Taylor—-Willo—–Santon

    Ben Arfa—Perch—-Tiote—–Jonas

    ————-Cisse—Ba————-

    Elliot
    Tavernier
    Bigirimana
    Gosling
    Obertan
    Marveaux
    Shola

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  • Colo-Sus

    Sep 28, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #25

    Wasnt Ben Arfa injured for Spurs?

    SmokeScreen, Cabaye to score first!

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  • rainrix

    Sep 28, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #26

    colo… Yeah but come up with something more imaginative than “tooth problem”. Something like kidnaped by columbian bandits would be more believable than tooth problem 🙂

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  • IITianToon

    Sep 28, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #27

    @rainrix Just reporting what that Lee Ryder fellow has posted 😀

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  • AmericanGeordie

    Sep 28, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #28

    So, we continue to have this quandry about playing both Ba & Cisse up front. They both would like to play through the middle, which forces us towards a 4-4-2 rather than a more fluid 4-3-3.

    Since Ba is clearly a better hold up player than Cisse, maybe we should go 4-4-1-1 with Ba the central target man, and Cisse playing off him. Or if we go 4-3-3 (or 4-2-3-1) then have Cisse play wide left.

    Thoughts?

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  • rainrix

    Sep 28, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #29

    Tian… I know i just saw it slightly ridiculous, we need to know more 🙂

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  • IITianToon

    Sep 28, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #30

    @USGeordie I would disagree to that. I would always always want Cisse to be in the box, so that he can convert even the quarter chances he gets, which wont be possible consistently if he is out on the left.

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  • lesh

    Sep 28, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #31

    Way off thread but they must breed ’em big in Romania! No speculation please and Jesper, any thoughts from Norway?

    http://www.london24.com/entertainment/around-the-web/woman_hid_stolen_tv_between_legs_and_then_boarded_bus_1_1483778

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  • TimKrulFan

    Sep 28, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #32

    anyone think pards looks younger now?

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  • bamble

    Sep 28, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #33

    I can’t see the point in playing 2 defensive minded players in the middle. Our problem all season and for the majority of last is that there is too big a gap between our front 3 and the rest of the team. I think guti will play with Anita and tiote holding, with guti interchanging with hba.

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  • IITianToon

    Sep 28, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #34

    Hey guys why not play Guti and Tiote in the centre with Fergie out on the left.. at least we can be hopeful of 1 thing if Fergie plays.. dangerous crosses!

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Sep 28, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #35

    He looks the same. He’s got whiter hair now though. Good manager.

    The board need to pay that extra cash to get top players over the line, otherwise we’re going to go downhill. We shouldn’t be losing to teams like Man Utd. Their squad is nowhere near as good as it used to be 4/5 seasons ago.

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  • lordy_geordie

    Sep 28, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #36

    Anyone else been playing fifa 13 since sunday? Gt my hard copy thursday morning. My nephew had wait till midnight. He wasnt happy lol

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 28, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #37

    Ketsbaia9

    i fully agree,, if they offered the right money for debuchy, i think he is good enough to double his valuew in one season,

    play the kids, ferg instead of Guti, his has young legs and get CROSS which is something guti struggles with,

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 28, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #38

    ps man u are miles away from the team they where,

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  • check the toastie

    Sep 28, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #39

    Dannyo – earlier alluded to Abied pouring his heart out on twitter, whats the craic?

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  • boater

    Sep 28, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #40

    Just dipping in to say that “We shouldn’t be losing to teams like Man Utd.” from Ketsbaia9, is possibly the most hilarious comment I have yet to read on this site.

    The fact that someone is already agreeing with him just caps off the surrealist genius of it all.

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