Alan Pardew’s Excellent Man Management Skills Revealed

We had heard Alan Pardew had done this when the five French players arrived last month – and the news  could have come directly from the Newcastle manager himself – but Steven Taylor has explained again that the new players were asked by the Newcastle gaffer why they came to Newcastle – in front of all the rest of the players.

steven taylor - mathieu debuchy after chelsea win

Steven Taylor and new boy Mathieu Debuchy celebrate win over Chelsea

Newcastle had a fantastic January transfer window, and we signed Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara, Yoan Gouffran and Moussa Sissoko – all from the French League and all for around £18M in total – and there are some great bargains are in there.

This is what Steven Taylor told the Topman magazine:

“Before the Aston Villa game we all sat down for a meal and the Gaffer presented each player with their shirt and asked them to explain why they came to Newcastle.” “Through a translator they all explained that they just wanted to be accepted by the group, give 100% to the team and promised not to let down the players and staff who were already there.”

“It was refreshing to hear them say that to us because too many times I’ve seen players come in, sign their big money contracts and just down their tools and relax. We’ve now got a group of players willing to work hard.” “You can see a player every day without actually getting to scratch beneath the surface and really get to know them.”

“To help that, the Gaffer has arranged a different theme every day for lunch times and we all have to eat together.” “Today we had a French day, tomorrow it’s Dutch and then Senegalese. We eat food from whatever country we’re doing that day, put up decorations with the country’s flags on them, the full shebang.”

“It might only be a small gesture but hopefully it helps the foreign players settle and feel accepted.”

We’re extremely impressed by all our new signings in January – and they certainly seem to have wanted to join Newcastle, and they all have given some great interviews since they arrived on Tyneside – and they’ve all played very well too.

And as we recall the were also asked to sing a song in front of the rest of the lads – so that’s one way in which Alan Pardew is an excellent man manager – because explaining why they came to Newcastle and then having to sing a song will certainly help break down the initial barriers for the newcomers – and for our squad players too.

Oh, and then we hammered Chelsea 3-2 at home, after beating Aston Villa 2-1 on the road for our very first away win of the season – and that helped too. 😀

Howay The Lads!!

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109 comments so far

  • beefman13

    Feb 18, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #1

    Conspiracy theory with Pardew could be he deliberatly dumbed down the younger players chances and that of Adam campbell in case they did come through, thus stopping the owner from shelling out some bit in the window, i cant think of any other reason why he would have kept on playing that same team even with the injuries we had, the team that kept getting stuffed.

    If that wasnt the case and he genuinly feels that the younger players are a parcel as he just about said (criminal for a manager to pull a set of lads down like that) then he has even less clue than i thought before. Campbell should have had a chance months ago without question, how can you say someone is as good as anyone in the whole squad in training then not give him a sniff??? beggars belief, shola is not in the same league as Campbell.

    If we start improving and god willing we will it will be beacuse of the players brought in by graham carr. Put Ian Holloway in charge of our squad and he would have us playing terrific football, he works on shoestrings but i would swap him for Pardew in a heartbeat.

    Man Managment skills fair enough to a degree, tactically awful.

  • joe

    Feb 18, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #2

    Honestly don’t think you can say that he’s tactically awful. Just because he doesn’t play the way u like or the team u want doesn’t make him poor tactically. In fact You might be tactically awful to him, all a matter of perspective really. Im sure he must have his reasons of persisting with Jonas et al.

  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 18, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #3

    Arsenal fans are fed up with Wenger,I’d say they can do a swap with us and they’ll soon find out that they’d have him back in a flash.
    On the other hand,we’ve got some great players in the squad now and a good work rate that we must be getting close to being a top side.
    We seem to be able to pass the ball out of defence now and if we can rotate the players while keeping them fit and on their toes then we can hopefully pull away from the relegation zone quickly.

  • AndyMac

    Feb 18, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #4

    “And as we recall the were also asked to sing a song in front of the rest of the lads – so that’s one way in which Alan Pardew is an excellent man manager”

    Hate to break this to you Ed but almost every other team in the league gets their new players to sing a song.

    Lets not confuse “Pardwho”with “Man Management skills”

  • AndyMac

    Feb 18, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #5

    Cazorla did “The Macarena” when he joined the Gooners

    Cazorla, 27, looked a bargain at £16m from Malaga and introduced himself at Arsenal by singing the Macarena at his initiation ceremony. He said: “Here the new signings always have to sing a song when they arrive at the club and so I had to do it the other day, just like ­everyone else. I did the Macarena. Yeah, I know that Juan Mata did the same song at Chelsea. It’s quite an easy song to do and people seem to like it!”

  • toonicle

    Feb 18, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #6

    I will say I disagree with Pards a lot on him playing what seems to be his “favourites” in Jonas and some others at times, and to a lesser extent his tactics sometimes, but I have to say the guy does seem to be a great man manager. Can’t wait to see Gouffran, Sissoko, Debuchy and Mbiwa starting on the pitch together.

  • nufc786

    Feb 18, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #7

    Im pretty sure these guys didnt sing… for the lads instead pardew asked them why they chose the toon???? as stevie t said
    they all explained that they just wanted to be accepted by the group, give 100% to the team and promised not to let down the players and staff who were already there.”

  • t00ntime

    Feb 18, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #8

    the fact that players come out and say AP has good man managment skills tells me that he does. People kept saying he was sh1t tactically and his man managment is poor. But he made ben arfa work alot harder for his place and now that he has it (most likely will get it back this weekend) he works his socks off every game (makes defensive errors but he does seem to try and get back now). Staylor is a man of his word if he thought AP lacked man management skills he would of said that, he doesnt kiss ar*e. Tactically is AP the best? no of course not, the best go to top clubs. but for a mid table team (probably) who want to aim for EL (with pretty much no trophy history) he is probably the best we can get. I dont think he is tactically inept like alot do. Sometimes he makes mistakes, sometimes he makes excuses but that doesnt mean he isnt good. (the excuses might just be infront of the press, infront of the players he might of never used the injury excuse, we dont know).

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 18, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #9

    try telling the kids that he is a good man manager, he has slated them far to many times, and never once pointed the finger at players like shola, jonas, obertan, willamson, who were all in the teams with the kids,

    what i think pardew is , is a good bloke, a good friend,, that does not make him a good man manager,,

    sir boby robson was a good man manager, pardew couldnt lace his boots, in both running a team, or man managment

    SBR had players running though brick walls for him to get a win,

    pardew finds it very hard to motovate his team when they go a goal behind, infact it could be said that what ever he says to his team at half time sends them out more relaxed and end up losing from more winning situations

  • AndyMac

    Feb 18, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #10

    So given all of that toontime why are we 16th in the league only 4 points above the drop ?

    Please dont mention the injuries as every club has them !

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 18, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #11


    do you really think taylor would come out and say his boss lacks skills?? and hope he would have a future at the club??

    i dont,,

    not many player ever come out and say anything bad about any coach or manager,, i carnt remember one player coming out and point the finger at JFK, and we all no how bad he was

  • AndyMac

    Feb 18, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #12

    “sir boby robson was a good man manager, pardew couldnt lace his boots”

    and yet this club sacked him Catchy ??? Just goes to show that people who run clubs have no idea how to run clubs 🙁

  • tequilamag

    Feb 18, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #13

    Catchy, the kids have not been good enough, sometimes players need a kick up the arse to stop them being complacent. Cloughy and SAF were and are not shy to put players in their place and if the players are good enough they got the correct response.

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 18, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #15


    i guess he got sacked by an idiot,, cos at the time i carnt remember to many fans wanting him out,,


    id play ferg over sammy and oberan every day of the week,
    tav over simpson

    pardew sent tav to gateshead to get first team football, hmmm gateshead,, how is he going to learn much there??

  • tequilamag

    Feb 18, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #16

    Catchy is Sammy not one of the kids?
    Fergie has been poor and Tav was awful when he played. You will use any excuse to have a pop at Pardew . Funny how we never heard a peep from you after the Villa and Chelsea games.

  • tequilamag

    Feb 18, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #17

    Tav was also sent to Carlisle Sheff Wed and MK Dons and by all accounts played well at the level. So far he has shown nothing to say he can make it at PL

  • Tayls

    Feb 18, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #18

    Anyone know if I could get that France/Newcastle strip? Looks proper mint 😀

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 18, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #19

    I haven’t totally thrown away the key with Ashley as I wanted nothing more last summer than to come on here and say fair play to him he’s got it right at last, but I just can’t bring my self to trust the pair of them, I said last year at the end of the window that the pursuit of these ‘targets’ we went after was a smokescreen to keep the fans onside, as usual the hardcore Ashley fans rubbished my claims and in January Dirk Llambias fairly proved me right in saying it was well thought out that we had enough in the squad with his statements to the local newspapers, I can put up with the mind games that deter other rivals in the transfer market but to be blatantly lied to time after time does not endear me to their regime.

  • AndyMac

    Feb 18, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #20

    “Fergie has been poor and Tav was awful when he played. You will use any excuse to have a pop at Pardew . Funny how we never heard a peep from you after the Villa and Chelsea games”

    What were you expecting him to say after those two games ?? Pardwho must go ???

    Face it whatever you think about him, he’ll never win a trophy for us even if he stays eight years !!

  • tequilamag

    Feb 18, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #21

    Andymac, as neither of us can see into the future we can`t say whether he will or won`t win anything. All we can do is look at what he has achieved. A 5th place finish and still in with a shout at th EL. Now he has genuine strength in depth with the squad performances and results have improved. If Mourinho came out and said it has always been his dream to manage Newcastle I would drop Pardew in a heartbeat but that is not going to happen is it. Why not look forward to what we can possibly achieve rather than wallow in such a defeatist attitude.

  • Graeme

    Feb 18, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #22

    Tayls – go to – there is a direct link on their site

  • reccerobbo

    Feb 18, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #23

    Tayls try a website called mate

  • AndyMac

    Feb 18, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #24

    If Pardwho had a CV half as good as Jose I’d be happy to cut him some slack – but one Paint Trophy doesnt do it for me !!!

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Feb 18, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #25

    I wonder what Anita thinks of his man management skills ? . Has big Vurn been caught at it with Pardews wife or something ? , as the kid has been given the cold shoulder for no apparent reason.

  • tequilamag

    Feb 18, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #26

    Andymac, sorry mate but you don`t get a say in who the manager is so you are just going to have to get used to it. You can choose to sit there saying how awful everything is and we will never win anything or you can have your misgivings and still hope for the best and show your support for the club. If you choose the latter that includes the manager. It`s that choice that constitutes your freedom, it is up to you how you choose to exercise that freedom.

  • tequilamag

    Feb 18, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #27

    BPC Anita will get his games still. When you have lots of good options then somebody has to miss out. There will be other games when Tiote or Perch miss out. It`s a problem with all clubs with a strong aquad. I would rather have that than a situation where the team picks itself.

  • AndyMac

    Feb 18, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #28

    “It`s that choice that constitutes your freedom, it is up to you how you choose to exercise that freedom”

    Ha ha the usual “If you dont like it support the Mackems routine”

    Why is it they always come up with that when they run out of arument ?

  • AndyMac

    Feb 18, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #29

    that’ll be “argument”.

    Tequila tell me what it is about Pardwho and his career credentials that convince you he’s gonna win something here ???

    (Waits for the usual Ashley stooge material to appear)

  • tequilamag

    Feb 18, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #30

    Andymac , I have no idea how you can construe what I said as go and support the mackems. I will make it simpler for you. You can choose to support your club by getting behind the players and manager or you can choose to “support” your club by wallowing in misery and assuming the worst along with the catchys. Frankly I don`t give a toss what you do.

  • donkeypunch

    Feb 18, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #31

    name your top 15 newcastle manergers last 15 years

  • tequilamag

    Feb 18, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #32

    Andy I don`t have to give you any reasons for Pardews credentials. I choose to support Pardew because he is our manager and there is nothing I can do that will change that I have seen an awful lot worse than Pardew and I can see signs of progress, for me that is more than enough.

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 18, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #33

    tequila, not sure if we are in with a shout at all in the EL. We probably wont get past Ukraine, and there are far better teams than us in it. The UEFA cup is always a good competition with excellemt teams. Did you see the quality of Ath Madrid and Bilbao last season – they would have crucfied Newcastle, then and now.

  • donkeypunch

    Feb 18, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #34

    make that 10 dont think we have had 15 last 15 years

  • tequilamag

    Feb 18, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #35

    Munster, we probably won`t win it but while we are still in the competition we are in with a shout. Who would have thought Chelsea would win the CL last year against Barca. It`s not always the best teams that win cups, if it was there would be no point in playing the ties.

  • valle

    Feb 18, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #36

    There was a big section of fans who wanted Bobby out, just like allot of you want Pardew out… You all think that the grass is greener on the other side, and dream of your favorite taking over, but the fact is that after a Bobby comes a Souness… Ill bet my last coin that some of the people screaming for AP’s head were also wanting Bobby out.

  • AndyMac

    Feb 18, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #37

    “You can choose to support your club by getting behind the players”

    That is never in question but what is in question is how we allow those players to be administered by a nomark, talentless serial underachiever ?

  • tequilamag

    Feb 18, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #38

    Andymac, again you miss the point. Your allowing does not come into it. You have zero say in the matter.

  • AndyMac

    Feb 18, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #39

    Is this bullshlt bingo night ???

    ” Ill bet my last coin that some of the people screaming for AP’s head were also wanting Bobby out”

    If you dont like Pardwho then you run the risk of someone even worse coming in ???”

    Pardwho doesnt deserve to be at a top flight club – simple as. He has no history of winning things nor of buiding sides that later go on to win things.

    His only reason for being here is that he knows Llambias. Choke on that !!!.

  • AndyMac

    Feb 18, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #40

    Yeah right TM, you have no argument regarding Pardwho’s credentials and abilities yet you still pontificate and suggest that others have no right to voice their opinions.


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