Alan Pardew Is Not A Happy Man

We first heard it from young Gael Bigirimana, and today Steve Harper has mentioned that Alan Pardew was hardly a happy man in the dressing room after the 2-2 draw at Reading where Newcastle were nowhere near their best form, and gave the ball away far too many times.

Alan Pardew – not a happy man on Sunday

Newcastle are now literally in mid-table and in 10th place with 9 points from our first six league games, and that’s 3 points less than we had at the same time last year – when we had 3 wins and 3 draws in the first six games.

Newcastle have the home games against Bordeaux and then the home games against Manchester United, before we again have a two week International break (it gets so boring when we’re not playing), before we take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Sunday, 21 st October. Another 5-1 win? 😀

Steve Harper has said Alan Pardew has told the squad to sort themselves out, and quickly too, as the veteran goalkeeper had this to say in the local press today:

“The manager’s demanded a response.” “We’ve got two huge games on Thursday and Sunday, and he expects to see a response against a Bordeaux team that got a fantastic result in the Europa League.”

“And Manchester United at St James’s Park needs no build-up whatsoever.” “They’re two big games. We know for a fact the performances need to improve. When you go away from home, you need to earn the right to play, and we gave the ball away in bad areas at Reading, and brought a lot of pressure on ourselves.”

“The manager wasn’t happy with the performance.” “At half-time we knew if we improved we could have gone on to win the game.” “It was a disappointing performance, but our overall battling spirit saw us through.” “Obviously, the manager’s made it very, very clear that it needs to improve, and very quickly.”

“The gaffer wants us to come out of the traps quickly.” “I think Thursday’s game comes at a good time for us to put this performance behind us.” “If we can put in a good performance on Thursday night, we can carry that momentum into a very tough game against Manchester United.”

“The home European nights, when you get quality European opposition coming like Bordeaux, are special.” “Hopefully, we’ll get a good crowd in, and they can encourage the lads to put on a good display.” “I don’t know what will happen this week. Rob’s yet to have a game at St James’s Park, and he’s done well in the two games he’s played.”

And we would half expect Rob Elliot to get another run-out on Thursday, after his two previous excellent performances for Newcastle, and this will be Rob’s home debut if he plays – as Steve points out.

Steven Taylor will definitely miss the game against Bordeaux and he is supposed to be only 50-50 for the clash with Manchester United.

So we would be very surprised if he plays, since it’s probably wiser not to risk him, and give him another two weeks to recover from his hamstring strain, and be ready for Sunderland two weeks on Sunday.

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9 comments so far

  • Carryingcoals

    Oct 3, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Always liked Harper, how can’t you?!

    What I’ve really noticed about him this season is how much of a great,well spoken pro he is.

    Through the summer he had his kids at Broadway East playing fields for saturday morning footy, top guy, really down to earth.

    Expecting Elliot again Thursday and Harper Sunday, provided Krul doesn’t return of course.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 3, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #2

    Having his feet covered in tuna paste and put into a tank full of piranhas is too good for Ashley.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 3, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #3

    Carrying…Harper is a top guy from what I’ve heard. Definitely has a thing for the toon 🙂

    Elliot has really impressed me to be honest, I don’t do it often, but he was a player I had all but written off until recently. Much like with Perch last season. Man I’m getting full with all this humble pie.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 3, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #4

    Jail…To be fair though, that’s too good for most of us. What I’d give to smother my feet in tuna paste….

  • cupiddstunt

    Oct 3, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #5

    I was undecided about Elliot to be honest but though if the scouting system suggested him then he can’t be that bad.

    His first appearance made me think they had made a big mistake but his last couple of turns between the sticks have made me revise my opinion.

    Although I think Krull just edges it as # 1 I do not feel particularly worried about our goalkeeping, all three have shown they are quite competent.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 3, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #6

    Cupid…For me there is no doubt. Krul is our #1. It has been good to see both back-up keepers come in and do a job. That’s one concern of the list…phew.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Oct 3, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #7

    He’ll never be happy when he has to keep playing Williamson and Simpson. Don’t rate Gosling either. Abeid should be utilised more.

    We should be looking at getting rid of the above and replacing them with quality in January if we want to achieve a top 10 finish this season.

  • ArtyH

    Oct 3, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #8

    David Moyes has, allegedly, told Alan Pardew how to help with recovery to injued players.

    Alan Pardew: “I spoke to David after the Everton game.

    “He gave me a couple of ideas that could work.

    “It’s more to do with recovery.

    “Liverpool have played a patched up team this season, and we have had injuries. It can make it difficult.”
    This must be the Microdoctor I mentioned a few months ago.

  • JaiI for Ashley

    Oct 3, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #9

    Im such a dick


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