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Alan Pardew Feeling Sorry For Himself

11:22 pm, Sunday, April 14th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 27 Comments

Alan Pardew said it was an ugly day for Newcastle today in our defeat to Sunderland -and that’s putting it mildly – it was simply a devastating day for Newcastle fans around the world.

paolo di canio celbrating

Paolo Di Canio – low key celebration at St. James’ Park

This is what Alan said after the game today:

“It’s an ugly day for us. We played like a team that looked tired mentally and physically against a fresh team.” “Nothing went right for us today – nothing.”

“First half, we were disheveled and not really great, and they nicked the goal that we should have done better on. Second half we came out and looked okay.”

“And we had a great opportunity for the equalizer which should have been given, and really I have to say that’s a massive turning point.”

“You get 1-1 there, we get a lift – we get an energy lift as much as anything and a mental lift that we can go on and win the game.”

“But that got taken away, they slowed the game down with all the tricks in the book and then smashed a second in.” “We lose Tim to a dislocated shoulder.”

“You can rattle them all off. It was one of those days and I don’t want to have too many of them again.”

Advice to Alan Pardew – deal with the problems you have – that’s part of your job – and don’t feel sorry for yourself..

It was the first defeat at home to Sunderland in 13 years, and the biggest defeat to the Black Cats for 34 years, since we were beaten 4-1 at St.James’ Park in 1979.

Did I say it was a shocking result?

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27 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Beattie25 // Apr 14, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    You won’t have anymore of them again hopefully as I think this was your last Tyne-Wear derby.

  • 2 Transfer Sage // Apr 14, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    well said Ed

    as a leader of anything whether its a football team, an office or an army you need t inspire and motivate your people. You get the extra money/honour/rewards as you have to make sure that these issues that come up don’t stop you. Sometimes its too much and you get set backs, but you should always go down fighting, not with a whimper.

    All this excuse making doesn’t do the lads any good, it excuses what was a gutless performance.

  • 3 Beattie25 // Apr 14, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Would love for Ed to let us know what he truly thinks of Pardew.

  • 4 nufc786 // Apr 14, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    alan pardew was the man that had 50,000 fans and probably more around the world relying on him to see us through the derby… he is the only man that can control and motivate these players

    he needs to ask himself why did he have a day like this???
    did my players perform????? did i motivate them????? did my tactics work at all???/
    how can i make up for such a devastasting defeat????

  • 5 Transfer Sage // Apr 14, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Advice to Alan Pardew – deal with the problems you have – that’s part of your job – and don’t feel sorry for yourself..

    beattie….that comment from Ed says everything to me.

  • 6 Ben3arfa // Apr 14, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Typical excuses

  • 7 Beattie25 // Apr 14, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Problem is if the manager protects the players without saying publicly what we feel it will drive them further away from us and we’ll start taking out our frustrations during games.

    Today Pardew should have used words such as embarrassment, disgrace and disgusting.

    Instead he chose tiredness, luck and one of those days.


  • 8 Beattie25 // Apr 14, 2013 at 11:33 PM


    I suppose you’re right!

    Ed wants Pardew out!!

  • 9 RonVanDam // Apr 14, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    I have one word for the loss. OVERCONFIDENCE

    I think after our performance against Benfica, copared to Sunderlands form we thought we had it in the bag. Our expectations were too high and PDC brought us down to earth.

    We need to win atleast 3 of our remaining games to survive. No more excuses. Everyone should put there head down and work together. If players are still sulking over our Europa exit, Sunderland game should be their wake up call.

  • 10 santonthenewmaldini // Apr 14, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    @Beattie I got the feeling we would get mauled when Taylor slipped and got lucky with the foul Sessegnon and Graham were all over him and Mbiwa who if he has dreams of going to Man Utd is going to have to step up his game by a serious amount !!

    Also when Rose roasted Debuchy for pace in the 1st 50/50 I knew we had no hope as Debuchy is expected to provide most of the chances the way Pardew sets up

    The reason Di Canio gets the derby is because he played for Celtic and its even more insane than our derby Glasgow turns into a battlefield every Old Firm game with people getting stabbed and shot etc

    Just watching match of the day again has just got us more raging if Cisse’s goal had stood we may have won but we deserved to be 2 down and a man down by then

    Just watching Pardews Interview now enough of the tired excuses hopefully the riots will make him and the team realize that this kind of performance is not acceptable

    West Brom away with Shane Long and Lukaku hounding our defense is not the game that I would want next

    Wish we had Paulo’s aggression our players need a kick up the arse Cabaye, Tiote and Jonas need the hardest kick

  • 11 nufc786 // Apr 14, 2013 at 11:36 PM


    that is true… it has been a humbling defeat…. its the fact that if we were not at the races today, pardew should say it… not make up some excuse about tiredness

  • 12 Jackel001 // Apr 14, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    End of the day if we don’t put in a excellent performance against west brom, if if we only get a point, then am sorry but I would say we are down.

  • 13 The next Mike Williamson // Apr 14, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Graeme Carr must be devasted to see all his good work get undone. At least the future is good now we have good players, a good chairman and a great scout. Let’s just pray Pardew doesn’t take us down. He needs to put the excuses behind for now and rally the troups with a battle cry.

    Ashley’s a clever man, he’ll let Carr pick the manager to get the best out his players when the time comes.

  • 14 Beattie25 // Apr 14, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    No more Guti in the team, no more stupid formations and no more playing players out of position.

  • 15 Transfer Sage // Apr 14, 2013 at 11:38 PM


    might not say that much but he clearly isn’t happy with him.

    just a tester for you, do you know who the longest serving manager in spains top flight is?

  • 16 Jackel001 // Apr 14, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Question lads, do you’s think the players have/will say to pardew or even the coaching staff ” this isn’t working”

  • 17 nufc786 // Apr 14, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Pardew should be saying to himself and the players
    that they have to redeem themselves and get through this tough period…. if they get through this period they will become a stronger version of themselves….

  • 18 santonthenewmaldini // Apr 14, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    We might get lucky Stoke are a lot worse than we are……

  • 19 Beattie25 // Apr 14, 2013 at 11:43 PM



    Cabaye making incisions, Sissoko storming up field and Anita breaking up play and covering full backs when they provide width.

    Benny and Marv drifting central and out to the flanks depending on the situation and Cisse making moves in and around the box.

    If this team can’t beat west ham QPR we deserve relegation!

  • 20 The next Mike Williamson // Apr 14, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Someone should tell that weasle that excuses don’t get you points.

  • 21 Transfer Sage // Apr 14, 2013 at 11:45 PM


    I’d love that team to be used as you have it….not how we play that formation where its a flat 4 in midfield with sissoko further up. our wide men are no where near forward enough to effect the game.

  • 22 Jackel001 // Apr 14, 2013 at 11:45 PM


    The sad thing is, on this performance, we won’t!

  • 23 Sav // Apr 15, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    I’m getting thoroughly sick of the taste of burnt steak.

  • 24 SydneyMag // Apr 15, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    watched the game in a bar in Sydney with roughly 30 nufc supporters and about 2 mackem supporters hiding upstairs, embarrassed doesn’t even come close.

  • 25 Partizan // Apr 15, 2013 at 6:03 AM

    We were around 15 NUFC fans,sitting in a pub here in Macedonia and watching that horror,the atmosphere was scary,total silence.
    Gutted,,completely completely gutted.

  • 26 one Tony Green // Apr 15, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    We were outclassed in every position on the pitch yesterday. Pardew should have been big enough to say that.

  • 27 thepict // Apr 15, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Oh aye, get rid of the manager with 5 games to go. What a load of tosses!!!!!

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