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Liverpool Didn’t Give Manager The Tools He Needs To Succeed

9:45 am, Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

Alan Pardew and Brendan Rodgers worked together when Alan was manager of Reading, and Brendan Rodgers was managing the Youth Academy at the club, and that was from 1999 through 2003.

Brendan Rodgers – Liverpool manager

So the two will meet up again as managers of two very big clubs – Liverpool and Newcastle – tomorrow, and there have been some great games between the two sides over the last twenty years or so.

During that time Liverpool have been on the wane from their glory days of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s under two of the best managers ever – Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley.

Bill was the one that brought Liverpool up from the second division, helped by right hand man Bob Paisley,  and he built them into a great side and managed the club from 1959 through 1974, when Assistant Manager Bob Paisley took over.

Bob was born in Hetton-le-Hole and had even more success than Bill, and Liverpool have won the European Cup (Champions League these days) more than any other British club – a total of 5 times.

And Liverpool haven’t really come close to their previous achievements over the last 20 years or so, and have never won the Premier League.

As for Newcastle – we haven’t won anything since 1969 but maybe we are now near winning something?


Alan Pardew has talked about Brendan Rodgers today, but he doesn’t think the American owners have brought in enough players for Brendan to be able build a good Liverpool side – not yet anyway.

“I was thinking about it the other day, and when we were working together on the school field that was our training ground at Reading at the time, I don’t think we would have believed that one would end up being Liverpool manager and the other would end up being manager of Newcastle,”

“But that’s where we’ve ended up, leading two very big clubs.” “We’ve taken slightly different routes, but I always thought he would make a great coach-stroke-manager. There were a couple of clubs I would like to have taken him to, but by then he’d already moved on and found good roles himself.”

“He’s someone I always thought would do very well. He has this vision about how he would like to play, but you need to have the tools for that and I’ve got to be honest, I don’t think he has them at the minute.

“For whatever reason, I don’t think Liverpool gave him all the tools he needs in that last transfer window. I think everyone can see that they need a couple of extra players in that team.”

We’re expecting a good game between two good sides tomorrow, and the clubs are equally placed as two famous clubs trying to get back in the big time in England again – into the top four in the Premier League – and into the European Champions League.

But that’s awfully tough these days, and we wonder which club will make that top four first?

It could even be Newcastle, and that would shock most people – again.

Howay the Lads!!

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 catchy in norway // Nov 3, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Hmmmm very strange comments seeing that his own owners don’t seem to back him much, hello Pardew , did you need defenders in the summer?
    Concentrate on our team please, because Brenda may not have been backed and for the players he needs, but at least he is starting to get them playing football,
    Player for player we have a better squad than them, il bet with anyone they finish way above us

  • 2 jesperfuglsang // Nov 3, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    It is funny Pardew mentions that – the same could me said about us.

    That Pardew haven’t been given the tools this season to manage Newcastle 😀 we are probably two players short as well (maybe secretly he is talking about himself 😉 lol)

  • 3 Graeme // Nov 3, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Jesper, I was just going to say exactly the same thing – we needed a CB and are still waiting. A FB in addition would have been seen as a sign of ambition and strengthening the squad – it just didnt happen.

    Pardeau can blame the issues on playing Thursday / Sunday but having a slightly larger, stronger squad would have made it a much easier problem to deal with.

  • 4 Sav // Nov 3, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    FFS, what has this got to do with Pardew?

    Rule One for Managers: Do not talk about financial arrangements and boardroom backing at other clubs.
    In fact don’t talk about other clubs at all except in polite and respectful platitudes.
    Rule Two : People in glasshouses etc…

    Is he forgetting Liverpool recently bought Carroll, Enrique and are apparently turning Demba Ba’s head with the wage packets offered? I wonder if Rodgers’ job description, which I have no doubt is to build a team that wins trophies and competes at the very top, compares with Pardew’s own which appears to be league respectability with a small squad on a tight budget, being prepared to have your players sold whenever the price is right, doing what you can in the cups without compromising the league in any way and all purchases will prioritise resale potential. I may have exaggerated, but not too much.

  • 5 Graeme // Nov 3, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Sav, that pretty much sums it up mate lol.

    Luckypoo have sod all to do with us – they are our competitors ffs. We are competing for the same points, the same prizes, the same bloody money.

    Our ONLY objective should be planning their downfall tomorrow and then on to planning the same for the next opponent – whoever it may be, whichever competition it is.

    You can issue all the platitudes you want, at the end of the season, when its all over.

  • 6 martoon // Nov 3, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    To be fair guys Pardew was probably asked this as a direct question in the press conference. If he refuses to answer he looks like an *rsehole – if he does give his opinion he is set upon by you guys!

  • 7 puretoon // Nov 3, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Sounds like pardews talking very much about himself here and honest think he’s got a nerve critising other boards when his own are at fault. He should put his own house in order first.

  • 8 karasu // Nov 3, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Y’know, it’s not true that we haven’t won anything since 1969 since we won the Coca Cola League Championship in 09/10.

  • 9 kieranflood // Nov 3, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    @ karasu.

    and the inter-toto cup? does no one remember when scott parker got presented the trophy prior to a game?

  • 10 Sav // Nov 4, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    I stand corrected. How could I forget the intertoto…call myself a fan…

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