Pardew – I’ll Meet With Fans – My Players Are Frustrated

Alan Pardew has said he will set something up at the end of the season so he can talk to Newcastle fans about what has been a very disappointing Newcastle season.

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Cabaye in happier times – yanked off on Saturday

And that doesn’t surprise us, because Alan is nothing if not a brave guy, and we knew that as soon he gave his first press conference after replacing the very well liked Chris Hughton in December of 2010, when not many wanted Alan at the club.

Well a lot of fans are thinking the same thing now, so it will be good that Alan meets with the fans – sans all the emotion – and discuss what’s happened this season, and what will be done in the future to improve things.

At the moment the manager is worried about the frustration of some of his players, and he had to yank Yohan Cabaye off in the second half before the Frenchman got himself sent off.

This is what Alan had to say in the Evening Chronicle today:

“I know where we are. I have no problem at the end of the season talking about this season overall.” “I think we can set something up.”

“I think emotions are running high and probably will be until the next home game.” “We are just looking to get rid of frustration. I said that to the players.”

“Yohan got upset and I had to take him off because he was booked already. We can’t afford to lose players.” “The frustration we’ve got is that we know that our results should have been stronger. ““

Every time we’ve entered games we have lost players.” “Cheick Tiote was one we lost. It’s been tough for us when you look round and think, ‘Where are they?’”

“Sometimes we’ve had three or four missing every game.”

We’d rather see Yohan frustrated as we was on Saturday, than allow Sunderland to win 3-0 with no reaction at all.

And Moussa Sissoko also got really annoyed in the second half on Saturday, when Steven Taylor and James Perch had to hold him in place, just so the referee could talk to him about a previous foul.

And Moussa again had a poor game on Saturday, and we’re hoping he’ll show some good form soon – maybe against Liverpool on Saturday?

That will be when the lads have another chance to make up for the Sunderland disaster – and they should take it.

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30 comments so far

  • mattyNUFC

    Apr 22, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #1

    …at least he’s starting to take responsibility….right?

  • Bambams

    Apr 22, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #2

    I for one would not like to be present. I just want this season over snd not spend two or three hours reliving it…

  • ichrisho

    Apr 22, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #3

    He’s an Nihilistic fanny… he knows he can talk his way out of anything… and also when if he says things are his fault (he does mean it) – but doesnt mean it… if you get me… He has no control at the club – I thought he did but he doesnt at all… why would he allow his backroom staff to have a joke and laugh every week online… its like a comedy club – albeit we are not laughing…

  • Bambams

    Apr 22, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #4

    I also think Pards likes to be the centre of attention. … Might be wrong but that’s my opinion.

  • Goodfella

    Apr 22, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #5

    Who would bother going I for one couldn’t stand listening to excuses for 2 hours

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 22, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #6

    Fair play at least he has the boll0cks to face the fans at the end of the season, not many managers would do that

  • ichrisho

    Apr 22, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #7

    toonarmydownsouth – Surely they all have an obligation to the people who pay their wages… surely… he is doing this as he knows he can talk his way around it… Give him one more season and if he dont get top10 at least – get rid… How come Swansea and Wigan can get to Cup Finals – thats my question…

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 22, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #8

    Firstly, if you think Cabaye is as good as Ronaldo or Messi then I think you really need to watch more football. While a good player, he is nowhere near in there class. Nor is he as much of a gamechanger as Bale, who is developing into a playerof the calibre of Messi and Ronaldo. Cabaye while a top player in his own right is not that good. If he is, then really all your arguments about Pardews tactics are flawed as he would be dragging us at least to the top 10 on his own. If you look 2 years ago, last time Barca won the title, Barca without Messis goals were 6th. Can Cabaye do that for us? No.

    Secondly, players played in their comfort zone in the second half? Now, tell me, which half did the players look more ‘comfortable’? First or Second? If you are seriously saying they were in their comfort zone, then I worry for you.

    Finally, they sat deeper, which was not Pardews doing. This contradicts the images of him repeatedly waving his arms and INSTRUCTING them to drop deeper.

    Out of interest, did you watch the right game?

  • Toon Tang

    Apr 22, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #9

    it may be a good ol’ fashioned public stoning thats being set up here. id use sport direct aggregate

  • Toon Tang

    Apr 22, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #10

    “I’ll have two big flat ones, five little sharp ones and a bag of gravel”

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 22, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #11


    I was of the opinion after January that Pardew deserved the chance to show what he could do with the new signings. For me it has been to hit and miss to say we have got better, or that there are signs he could make us better. However, I don’t know of a decent replacement, so I’m not fully behind the Pardew out group just yet, although I am beginning to sway that way. Even 2/3 weeks ago, I was prepared to stick with him, but change coaching staff, but each game is pushing me further away.

    I will say again though, ONLY if there is a better alternative willing to work under Ashleys terms. ie. Lowest paid but high bonus structure.

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 22, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #12

    “are there any women here today?”

  • Toon Tang

    Apr 22, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #13


  • BigKirky

    Apr 22, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #14

    The thing with a meeting with the fans is that, he will only be explaining his ‘logic’. Jonas is experienced, we need to hold onto leads etc…

    He justifies his negativity during the game, so it’s certainly not going to change with anything the fans are saying.

    Alan, Jonas can’t cross a ball, but you persist in playing him in a position which is expected to provide Papiss with goals.

    “oh, yeah, welw Jonas works toirlessly during the guym and proyvides good cover to Santon who is one of our attacking frets.”

    So you’re getting a fullback to play as a winger and a winger as a full-back? Twice as much running Alan, and you wonder why they get tired?

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 22, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #15

    “Get worse? How could it get any worse?”

    Tang…Always a smile to be had somewhere, good work 🙂

  • TorqToon

    Apr 22, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #16

    Lilongwe – An excellent and intelligently formed post.

    You know this is nufcblog right?? That’s not allowed!! 🙂

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 22, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #17

    Firstly I doubt there’s one manager of player in the top flight who feel they have a moral obligation to justify themselves to the fans, MA pays him not us
    Every job on the world is generated by money bought in from outside the company, I doubt you feel the need to continuously justify your actions to members of the general public?

    How many managers offer to meet the fans at the end of the season?
    And as for Swansea and Wigan, who’s going to care that Wigan were in a final when they get relegated? No one

    We reached the quater finals of a European competition and were hard done by to be knocked out, fair play to Swansea but every team in the league could use the excuse sack are manager Swansea made it to the league final why didn’t we (Swansea were also out the FA cup early and had no Europe)

    When he’s spouting crap I understand the critism but feel most are just jumping on everything he says with no real conviction other than blind hatred, which makes them found just as stupid as they claim pardew does

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 22, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #18

    Jonas has never been able to cross a ball, but has been integral to us over the last few years. For me, using that to argue against Jonas is flawed. It was the same situation with Enrique, and people loved that situation. It is only an issue now as Santon can’t cross.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 22, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #19

    I don’t need him to meet us.

    Either he steps up or step out. Scums had their top striker out of their team against us and put 3 goals past us.

    If we were in scums position and had cisse injured, I tell you Pardew, we’d struggle to score even one.

    This season if not for cisse last minute magic in a couple of games, read Pardew, we’ll be in the 18th or 19th position and will almost be guaranteed relegation.

    Pardew instead of blaming the players of tiredness, at the endo of the season, go thank them as individual brilliance has saved us from relegation.


  • BigKirky

    Apr 22, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #20

    Lilongwe, I agree.

    I’m not pro Pardew out yet (as I want stability), as I think we would have been higher had we got the players in the summer when everyone knew we should have.

    However, if, on Graham Carr’s recommendation he points us to a new manager in the summer, then I wouldn’t be opposed to it whatsoever.

    Carr watches games for the players but he sees the style of teams as well so it almost goes hand in hand if Ashley needs to identify a manager.

    At least the owner is taking charge in transfers and there’s no messing about with getting them in like Derek was doing as he pushed through all 5 straight away. More of the same please with these ‘at least 3 purples’ in the summer.

    The negativity which has evolved is nothing short of ludicrous with the players which we have. Other managers will never in their careers get a talented group of players to work with as I believe (and many others, even on here) we have.

  • catchy in norway

    Apr 22, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #21

    oh wow, this guy has balls, 🙂

    some times he has 3 or 4 missing, hmmmm the guy totally misses the point, its not always about the personel he has , but the way he deploys them on the pitch,

    we played man u around exmas with a very weak team compaired to what it could have been if all were fit, and that for me was our best game of the season, even though we got beat,
    he seams to think that he can only play football if he has a great squad, when infact its about getting the best out of what you have,
    and this is why i think he is a bad man manager, he must think the players dont pick up on the fact he is slating them, and blaming them for him not winning

    what bugged me about sat more than anything, was his last sub, he used it in the 90th minut to save cabaye, when infact he should have made an attacking sub to try and win the game much earlier

    he tried to see the game out from half time again, and when they scored thought, hey , i still have a point

    the guy is a looooser, and yes i hope he does speak to the fans at the end of the season,, but not ours, maybe stokes or any other club

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Apr 22, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #22

    Pardew in panic mode?

    Meeting with a group of hand picked fans so he can spin the same old bull, what will that achieve.

    It’s just a stunt.

    We want rid of you.
    Your footballing style sucks.

  • terencelim

    Apr 22, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #23

    He’s making a presupposition that he’d continue to stay.

    He’s not stupid afterall…

  • jail4pardew

    Apr 22, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #24

    Alan Pardew is the Tony Blair of football management, every answer he will give will be in a round about way, just like Blair does.

    Lets just say we got relegated(no tempting fate) would he then meet the fans???? because he better come with a crash helmet and the SAS, even in his latest statement he cannot help making excuses, we still have decent international personel on the field, injuries or not, for me everything is about saving your own skin, that hole Alan is getting to deep, the abyss is next!

  • davis_toons

    Apr 22, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #25


    A better good manager/ general will knows, his army well,
    how to deploy them to fight a battle, in which way and who and where to deploy.

    with 10,000 armies Vs 50,000 armies, will you take it head on?

    or will you try other ways and means?
    Or will you keep crying that the army is not enough, surrender is the best way.

  • ichrisho

    Apr 22, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #26

    ToonDown – I understand what you are saying but meeting the fans will do more harm than good… he has preset answers and we want some inspiration… also I do feel I have to justify my job to strangers in the street but no-one seems to listen (possible its the smell of wee) 🙂

    Not that many managers have offered as they dont have to… they are the managers of a professional club – they know that too close is never a good idea…

  • davis_toons

    Apr 22, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #27

    What if we lost to Hull and Cardiff? (JFL)

    Newcastle 0 – 3 Hull

    Alan Pardew: Its tough against these newly promoted sides as they are out to prove a point against a bigger side like us.
    I thought our guys played well but Cups run really put us in a bad shape but now we are out of these cups tied we can focus on our main games ahead.

    Alan Pardew on
    Newcastle 1 – 4 Cardiff

    AP: They are a possession team that can keep a ball under their feet, pass around well, we just couldn’t cope with it but as i said we have now got those cups tied out of the way, we can now concentrate on our remaining games, top 10 is still our aim.

  • Ian Toon

    Apr 22, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #28

    Lilongwe- a very good post. My point was that the best players are not governed by tactics. Talented players are often restricted by managers but the best players determine outcomes in that they are the predominant force not tactics. In my opinion Cabaye is our best player but not the same type and influence as Messi Ronaldo and Bale. I was using it to make an illustrative point in mentioning Bale in the Spurs game. I did watch the game at the ground and I will not follow up your other fan opinion related points because we should just agree to differ. That said I think if you were to ask Saylor and he were to answer honestly he would agree that he throws the coaching manual out of the window in his resorting to back peddling when under pressure. It is a human trait to retreat rather than advance when you feel under pressure or stressed ie into a comfort zone. It is apparent that a number of players are struggling from a fitness aspect and we will see more from them after a pre season. I am not really looking to apportion blame until the end of the season. Pardew is prone to be defensive but it’s far to simplistic to solely blame him for an abysmal
    season. When teams are losing fans blame the manager and tactics. A manager has to choose a system that maximises the advantages and minimises the disadvantages associated with players available. ( i ad nauseum mentioned Simpson and Williamson in this context earlier in the season) Llambias was at fault for not getting the alternative to Remy through the door because since the Reading game we’ve missed countless goal scoring chances. Particularly Cisse who needs help.
    Every time I watch Ba I rue what were missing. Players schooled through the academy are taught how to react suitably in most situations. Whereas you can have a rigid defensive system and possibly in DM area you look to encourage creative players to drift more between the lines. They have more license – the manager has some control but not full control because players particularly the more talented cannot be restrained. Finally, tactics are merely a frame for what happens most frequently. Personally I don’t share the general view that it’s the managers fault. Try blaming the players once in a while. I fully anticipate a big clear out of a number of non performing so called aspiring youngsters.

  • John

    Apr 22, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #29

    I like to hear why AP thinks he shouldnt be fired? Injuries shouldnt have us in the posistion we are in. Managers have been getting the door for alot less and maybe thats why he hasnt got the door already? I dont like the fact that we are dragging ourselfs along that kind of momentum going into next season could be fatal, really like to see us end on a high, AP’s history with clubs once the rott sets in isnt good he hasnt got it back together and that’s my fear what does that do for next season then sets us back 12/18months again.

  • Laurent Roberts Left Foot

    Apr 22, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #30

    I would love to meet Alan Pardew and ask him:

    “What the hell do you see in Mike Williamson that the rest of us dont?”


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