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Alan Pardew’s Job Safe At Newcastle

9:12 am, Monday, January 21st, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 50 Comments

The Newcastle Journal is reporting today that Alan Pardew is safe in the Newcastle manager’s job, and that he will be backed him the transfer market, which has just 10 days to go until February. This news – after Sky Sports reported yesterday that Pardew was 1/5 on to get fired, after Newcastle’s calamitous loss to Reading on Saturday, after we had been comfortably ahead 1-0 in that game.

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Alan Pardew – job is safe at Newcastle

There is no statement from the Newcastle Board or anything like that, but the Journal says the manager is safe, and has 9 days to prepare the team for the vital game at Villa Park a week on Wednesday.

Of course we cannot keep losing games, and we have to hope we can start picking some points very soon, after the calamitous loss on Saturday.

“If we had seven games left, I would be worried, but we’ve got a lot of games left and I think we’re getting our heads around it.”  “We spoke after the game about how the stadium can turn on one moment, which it did really.”

“We have to be able to cope with that. I think our stadium is a little bit more intimidating than (some of our relegation rivals’) and you have to accept you’re going to get setbacks in games, even when you’re winning.”

“It will be important to get as good a points total as possible before then, but I think we’ll be more hardened to the situation by then.”

Certainly Newcastle played some of their best football for a while on Saturday and were ahead 1-0 at the break against Reading, but then Pardew took off Sylvain Marveaux, one of Newcastle ‘s best player.

Reading then equalized , Pardew took off the superb Cabaye - presumably because he said he was injured – and Reading got the winner a couple of minutes later.

From the time Marveaux was taken off there was some booing at St. James’ Park from frustrated fans –  which hardly would have helped our players.

So Alan Pardew lost a lot of support on Saturday from some of our fans – make no mistake about that – and we cannot have coaching errors that lose us games from a winning position.

If a change of manager was to happen – it would be today – so that presumably will not happen.

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50 responses so far ↓

  • 1 John Tudor // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    play garbage in this or no points you should lose your head as well as your job

  • 2 John Tudor // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    stands there like billy no-mates clueless

  • 3 Grafton83 // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    oh well, but what if we loss at Villa, if the board back him with transfers and he still loses he has to go.

    Either way he must know the fans are not happy, I hope he knows he’s on thin ice, he must improve his tactical awarness and reading of the game.

    Any news on Colo staying?

  • 4 spitfire_ // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    In every normal club this guy should be gone by now… of course we aren’t a normal club. And I disagree with the scot alcoholic… we aren’t a wee club… more like a nuthouse or a circus.

  • 5 Markaccus // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Repost to TS from last article: I don’t doubt us pushing TS, I’m just worried that, when it comes down to payment, ashley will still keep his wallet tight. He’s probably still hyperventilating over buying debuchey! And we have to contend with ‘arry in most of our transfers now, with his silly qpr money. Can’t believe I’m seeing reports on them trying to get sissoko from under us.

  • 6 John Tudor // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    sleepless in seattle
    clueless in newcastle

  • 7 Grafton83 // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    “He’s probably still hyperventilating over buying debuchey!”

    If it wasn’t for cabs he probably wouldn’t have bought him. I don’t know what we’ve done to deserve a player like Cabaye but he is a saint. Would prefer him for Captain above Colo.

  • 8 t00ntime // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Twitter news/rumours:

    Haidera (cant spell his name) has played his last game in ligue1 and will join us this week.

    Mbiwa has agree pre-contract and will sign after medical that will take place within 48hours.
    Arsenal have made a late bid and cud still try to convinve him. (uh oh :S)

    Gouffran, our 750k offer has been declined but lyon have said that he is a possability if we raise our offer.

    Colo, no news yet.

  • 9 ash1001 // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Ed you are making your own headlines – The Journal does not say his job is safe.

  • 10 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    John tudor

    Hahaha like that one

  • 11 JAMSHA // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:25 AM





  • 12 Transfer Sage // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:26 AM


    yeh I know…proof of the pudding is in the eating.

    I have heard the right noises but yet to see the results of that.

  • 13 RonVanDam // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Staying on AP, heres a video that will get you laughing

  • 14 catchy in norway // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Transfer Sage

    thats my point,, its not nit picking, there must have been a talk before the game with cabaye about how long he would last,

    so why should have to come out to the press and say he was injured?

    we all would have expected cabaye to go off,, so why make marv the first sub
    (i know you agreed with the last point)

    but he would have done a lot better if he jad of came out and told the truth from the start, and said i f’d up, but he tried to make lies up :(

    there had to be a game plan before the game, and if his game plan was always to take cabaye off, there should have been 2 attack minded players to cover on the bench (cabaye and marv) obertan came on for the last 10 mins

  • 15 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Tsunki (In response to previous post) – I disagree only the defence should need to defend. All the best teams defend as a unit from the front. Harrying opposition defenders forces misplaced passes and mistakes. Having said that, doing it without a strategy is foolish, and makes players look like headless chickens.

    I remember watching old Ajax teams who worked on the philosophy of only pressing and harrying once the opposition reach your half. It makes for a compact and strong defensive unit. This is particularly effective if you are playing stronger teams as they will want to come at you. Pressing high up the pitch leaves gaps and spaces for opposition players to play in.

  • 16 sir_norman // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    we lost carroll,then no adequate cover
    then we lost ba,still no adequate

    u guys get the point?

    if pardew were to be sack,there will be no adequate replacement

  • 17 John Tudor // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    a fence post would be adequate

  • 18 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Ash – Of course Ed writes his own headlines. Read the article and the journal clearly states Pards has time to turn the run around and has the support of Mashley and DL. And that he will be backed in the transfer market. Therefore, Pards job is safe……for now.

  • 19 Transfer Sage // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    I am getting fed up with MA and llambias though…there is little support for pardew in transfers and they leave him to face the press and take all the flack (same way arsenal does with wenger).

    I’d be all for after/before match protests/marches around st james’ to tell ashley to sell up.

  • 20 Benji84 // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    has anyone noticed that pardew subs always are at the same time and you can almost pick who would go off at certain times and who would come on. Pards has his favs and they are not stepping up which is a bit of a worry. I still feel if we can get all our players back and fit and get the defence sorted and get a striker thats firing we should be fine but what a crap season!!!

  • 21 ~Anita One Bites the Dust~ // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:31 AM


    Sack hughton when he is doing an adequate job.
    Does not sack Pardew when he is doing a piss poor job.

    Where is the effing logic in that. Pardew has clearly lost the plot

    Don;t be surprised if we start Rob Elliot as a striker against Villa.

  • 22 ash1001 // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:31 AM


    itsYoann Gourcuff that plays for Lyon and Gouffran plays for Bordeaux.
    Being a bordeaux supporter as well as Toon fanatic, know Gourcuff from his Bordeaux days, he lost his way a bit lately at Lyon, but hes one hell of a player, so would have him straight away, as for Gouffran he gives all sorts of options up front, very quick, good on the ball, so yes would have him as well.
    And to complete the trio, please NUFC have a go at getting Laurent Blanc here even if its just till the end of the season and move Pardew somewhere else out of the road.

  • 23 John Tudor // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    imho our club is being raped and all we do about it is talk

  • 24 Tsunki // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Lilongwe – not saying we shouldn’t press I actually think we fail at that, I am saying our defence should not abdicate this to the midfield to compensate for a lack of organisation. We don’t have to have an international back line to keep reading out.

  • 25 the1willy // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Whereas it is indeed true that 90% of managers would have been fired by now, I’m not sure this is the right moment for two reasons:
    1: I think they need to focus on bringing in some new players first, and I think a managerless club would be a lesser draw.
    2: I don’t see them bringing in anyone right now who could turn things around. I mean they’ve been down that road before, and it didn’t work. Seriously, those managers who could galvanise us and turn it round are either currently working, unwilling to come, or too expensive for MA.
    Some of the the players need to get their confidence back and start looking for the ball. They should follow Cabaye’s example… in fact he should be captain. He certainly hasn’t hidden since coming back.

  • 26 Rotonda heights // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    But Norman, Pardew is inadequate.

    Although I would prefer a continental technical coach, I think Tisdale could actually be quite an inspired choice. He really is a winner it would seem, doesn’t just claim to be one.

    People always said Shearer should have gone and got some experience in the lower leagues, but his ego wouldn’t let him.

    The way I see it with Pardew we are in spectacular freefall. The players look more and more demoralised after every fresh defeat, a bit like how he left the staff feeling at Southamption apparently, so I don’t see how getting rid of Pardew could be destabilising. If anything a new face could lift the place unless it was Hughes or JFK of course

    Yes pardew had 1 good season, so did Roeder, but 1/2 good seasons over 10 years, always followed by a huge downturn like 2 wins in 18 games and the inevitable sack can’t just be co-incidence.

    Pardew took Charlton from the premiership to the bottom 3 of the championship before they sacked him. West Ham were a bit luckier and got rid just in time.

    Blanc has got EPL experience with Manu and has not fallen out with Benny. In fact a French manager may help keep him on Tyneside next season.

    I think players would much rather sign for a name like Blanc. However, I think Pardew has very little input on transfers, apart from Obertan and Elliot. Enough said.


    Have you been creating more fake bloggers to back you up again. That’s a bit creepy mate…

  • 27 Mund30 // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Simple as everyone knows we need players brought in, a striker a central defender and a possible central midfielder. But im bricking myself that we wont bring whats needed in before window closes. And if reports are true and Arsenal are trying to pinch Mbiwa and QPR once again trying to hijack Sissoko deal i doubt theres anything we can do about it, but the scary thing is as much as these would be great buys for the club if we dont succeed in getting them in who is the B plan?? thats whats scary. We aint going to get a better deal for a player like Sissoko at that price and Mbiwa what ive saw of him so far looks a quality player, alot like Colo and would be a breath of fresh air instead of gringing everytime i see Williamson touch the ball or go in for the tackle. If we dont get them in i think its game over for Newcastle because i just dont see who else we could bring in with such short notice to do a job. Plus theres the fact we still need a striker and i have no idea were we are going with that, who is the target?? Will be panic buy and go for Graham or someone of that sort. But if i think about it Graham would play his heart out for the club and i think he would be a good buy, he would be better than best and we should never of got rid of him.

  • 28 gazzaforever // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Why you guys talk about gouffran, he s horrible, he is the clone of obertan, no passing skill, no vision, and he s not a natural st, forget about him.

  • 29 sirtoongospel // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    We are so close to having a great team. With the addition of a CB, LB, CM and striker we would be so much stronger. 20 million does it easily. Ashley is a gambler, but he also likes to win. Now he has to see that investment now ensures a big windfall from next season.

    If he fails to buy now then a boycott would be justified. The daft thing is that with these players brought in, not only would we stay up, but we would turn some heads doing it.

    That defeat on Saturday was worrying in the manner that it happened. We battered them, and then as soon as they went forward we folde like a pack of cards.

    Santon is terrible defensively and needs moving forward. Willo and Colo are awful for different reasons. Colo needs to be replaced as captain immediately. MYM if he signs alongside Tayls with a new LB and Debuchy will change our fortunes. Yes we need striker cover but in midfield we are decent. Sissokho is just too good to turn down at the price. A CM player like him would give Cabaye freedom to play. We are so so close to being a good side. But right now we lack any strength in depth whatsoever. This “purple” bollox is ridiculous. You don’t need 11 you need 18 every match day. Every player should be a good premier league player. No less.

  • 30 Rowan Milsted // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    I’m glad he’s not getting the sack as I think that would be a mistake. Wolves and Blackburn both parted with managers during difficult seasons and it didn’t work out well for them. I doubt we have anyone ready to take his place and let’s be honest, Newcastle is a hard team to manage. There may not be many people out there who would take the job. Besides, we’l;l never get these transfer targets in without a manager.

    It’s good to hear him admit his mistake at bringing Marveaux off. Hopefully he has learnt a lot from this. After all, we were good first half. i was so, so angry after the game and I still am. His tactics 2nd half were so negative and invited pressure. However, we need to stick together now and dig deep. We must, simply MUST beat Villa and kick on from there.

  • 31 Mashley u Batfastard & lambiarse u Cupid stunt // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    We can forget signing any one other clubs just out bid us apart from reading s,Hampton .& Norwich our club is bag of shite until mash gets his fat arse out

  • 32 Transfer Sage // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    john tudor

    contact supporters groups then if you feel so strongly…see if other feel the same and if so organise an march/protest outside the ground.

  • 33 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    We gave this joke manager plenty of time. Ashley’s yes man.

    Problem is we have a joke board too and they’d only appoint someone else who’s cheap and willing to lick ass.

    This fool Pardew could take us down.

  • 34 NUFCarter // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    are you from exeter?
    if we are to go for a league 1 manager it would have to be Paulo di canio.
    sorry that i keep going on about it. i just think he would be great for us. he has balls aswell unlike pardew

  • 35 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Tsunki – Any failures to defend as a unit, or putting the faults on to the midfield come down to one thing for me. (it isn’t like our defence has been particularly unsettled, barring a few games Simpson, Willo, Colo and Santon have played the majority of EPL games) A lack of adequate work on the training ground. It is a simple philosophy to install, and easy enough to tell each individual where to be and what to do when one of our attacks breaks down.

    While our defence is poor at times it isn’t helped by a lack of organisation throughout the team when our attack breaks down. It has been compounded by long balls as our players are spread out, and often aren’t in a good position to press opposition when we lose it.

    All of the above are things any coach should solve on the training ground. Why hasn’t it been done?

  • 36 BigKirky // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Yes Alan, the crowd will voice their opinon if you continue to make unbelievable decisions which defy 50,000 people’s common sense logic to take Marveaux off yet Shola and Jonas stay on. Then to follow it up with Cabaye (injured? No problem, take him off) then you take Anita off as well. We’ve got no chance of using attack AS defence then.

    Would be interesting to know what the players themselves thought as this going on, as to whether Marveaux should have been taken off.

    Alan, if you make somewhere near logical decisions, you wont hear anywhere near the same ‘negativity’.

    Ironic how he complains about negativity from the stands yet he started it first by going defensive at home against a side with only 2 away points all season. If we’re doing that with half an hour to go against them, what hope do we have for the rest of the season?

  • 37 Woodlander // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    This club has been damamged by the fat assh, and if given the choice , who would want to come here. Imagine getting a weekly salary of 40K and 100 K, only nuts will choose NUFC.

  • 38 Munster Mag // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    If there is no obvious cement for Pardew, we need tos tick with him till the end of the season. He;s a cheeky bastard for trying to blame the fans though. That really is rich. The Marv sub was an error which he admitted. There’s no point in trying to blame the fans.

  • 39 bri h // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    reports saying sissoko has his heart set on toon switch but will talk to qpr today .am i missing something here ,if his heart is set on us feking sign then.

  • 40 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Hi Munster….Nightmare weekend aye! Do you think Pardew was blaming the fans for the defeat? Not how I read it at all.

  • 41 Woodlander // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    I would not be surprised if we could not sign anyone this Jan. The case of sissoko will be hijacked by QPR again. and Haidara will be taken by Arsenal , all at the last ,minute. This fat assh will not bulge even 1 cent more. period

  • 42 Mund30 // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Pardew is a good manager just very unfortunate with how things have unfolded this year. But like alot of us if we dont pick up results soon then i see no option then to sack him.

    But i feel sorry for him because he works under the likes of Ashley and Lambias and to be honest anyone who does that needs a bloody medal.

    If Ashley doesnt back him this window and pull out all the stops to bring in what we need, then we can say goodbye to Premier League.

    Im just hoping i see some good news soon to give us a bit of a lift and put a little smile on our faces. If we can get a player in before Wednesday and then go and beat Villa then things will be on the up.

    Cisse tho needs to sort his sh#t out, he has been awful and doesnt even look a decent player. Now i know he has had a tough year being pushed out on the right to accomodate Ba, but he looks clueless when making runs always straying offside never watching his line, and his finishing has been terrible. I just dont understand what im seeing i hope its down to confidence and not the fact he just isnt the player we believed he is.

  • 43 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 21, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Di Canio is a bit of a loon. Very entertaining from afar.

    He falls out with players and is hot-headed.
    He could be very good if he could control himself, but he can’t.


    Blanc, excellent choice, a proper manager.
    The dastardley duo wouldn’t be able to control him.
    So he’s a non-starter too.

    It’ll be Carver/Beardsley from within or Curbishley.
    I’d go for Beardo.
    Clarky would be good but I’d like him with a new owner.

    All this Pardew out stuff. It’s Ashley we really need rid of.

  • 44 q8igeordie // Jan 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    What kind of fans are you ?? making jokes about pardew and slating players … and you wonder why players dont give it their all .. last season we were the best supporters .. this season we are the worst … .

  • 45 stuart no9 // Jan 21, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    IF this is true ed , yhis is a very sad day, if this is correct i fear we will go down. he needs to go now as later would not give the new man time to turn it around , sad very sad.

  • 46 bemba da // Jan 21, 2013 at 10:48 AM


  • 47 bemba da // Jan 21, 2013 at 10:53 AM


    I dont think anybody making jokes about pardew or slating players in the comments section of a blog has anything to do with the players not giving their all, probably more to do with injuries, lack of motivation & determination, poor tactics & man management from pardew and lack of investment and support of our manager from the board. But it might be because of people making jokes youre right

  • 48 Constanstine // Jan 21, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Another 3 straight loss and you’re gone Pard.

  • 49 zuccho // Jan 21, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    I heard that the villa game is the decider for pardew job. If we lose then he’s out and his replacement will be…wait for it…Ally Mccoist! This being due to MA links with rangers

  • 50 Ash toon // Jan 21, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Catchy in norway @14

    Well put mate, my sentiments exactly.
    The guy is tactically inept and he’s made errors time and time again this season. The 1st sub, Perch for Marveaux was a knee-jerk reaction to matey boy bringing on Le Fondre. They took off Guthrie thus becoming less defensive which would of opened things up for our creative talent. He should have thrown Obertan on then.
    And he still hasn’t admitted that he dropped a bollock there playing negative.
    He says in the Chronicle in two separate articles:-
    1. Cabaye told him 5mins before he subbed him that he was stiff(so roughly 68 mins)
    2. Cabaye was struggling at half time
    Which is it Pardew you lying toe-rag
    Fed up with him teaching people to suck eggs as well ie. “Unfortunately thats what happens when you are at the bottom” and “It is a tough one to take” and “We must tread carefully with Cabaye”.
    He has to go!
    His 2nd season figures for previous clubs he’s managed are alarming to say the least.
    He needs to either get advice before interviews or say nowt/keep it really brief cos that wobble gob of his just runs away on him and he talks utter nonsensical pish. I wonder if he actually realizes what he’s saying!
    He attempted to say the fans created a negative attitude by booing the subs. He’d already done that with putting Perchy on.
    I could go on and on here but i need to go for a download!

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