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The Group Is Together – Our Destiny Is In Our Own Hands

7:18 pm, Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 18 Comments

Alan Pardew was asked during his press conference this afternoon what he though Newcastle needed to be safe in the league and he said more than once that he had no idea, but said he would go into each of the last three games trying to win.

alan pardew press conference before Villa game late Jnauary

Alan Pardew – our destiny is in our hands

It even seemed that Alan was annoyed at times of some of the things the journalists were asking him and when a journalistic said there were probably some stories he didn’t want to talk ab out – he interrupted the journalist and said he would talk about anything.

This is some of what Alan Pardew said this afternoon:

“As far as I am concerned, the group is very much together, pulling together trying to get a result.” “The fact that we have a lot of French players and some language difficulties has been torn up and made to be something else. There is no problem and we go to the next game.”

“Off the back of a difficult result, yes, it’s been a very hard week.” “When you are beaten like that at home, it’s never comfortable and not comfortable to deal with. That’s what we have had to deal with this week.”

“A lot of criticism has come his way, some of it completely unfounded and left-field, as you would expect when you get a result like that.” “It’s part and parcel of the game. Some of the wildfire that we have had has just been way, way off the mark.”

“But we put a poor performance in on Saturday and we need to put that right. That’s the most important thing.” “We have got a little gap and we need to exploit that and make sure we extend it.” “There have not been words that have been out of turn.”

“If you don’t get feedback from your players, trust me, you are not going to be a manager at any level.” “You need to have feedback and understand what the problems are that they are experiencing on the pitch.”

“It’s very very important as a manager of a football team that you focus on yourself and really and truly you cannot worry about anyone else.” “As I say our destiny is in our own hands and we have to make sure get the wins we need, whatever that i, if it’s two wins or three wins, I have no idea.”

“And then you have to make sure that you have a game-plan that works.” “We take a game-plan to a difficult place on Saturday. West Ham is a club that is going well and has got good assets, especially at home, and we need to be able to deal with those and we need to bring our own game and get ourselves three points if we can.”

Alan also said he hadn’t looked at the games remaining for the other teams in the relegation zone, and he said the destiny is in Newcastle hands and we have to get some wins and it’s what Newcastle did in the next three games is all that mattered.

Alan even seems a little frustrated with the journalists, but given all the turmoil there has been around Newcastle since we were hammered 6-0 by Liverpool – the Newcastle manager seemed calm enough.

Maybe it’s just me but there seemed to be a number of strange questions asked during this afternoon’s press conference, and the manager seemed quite calm, given Newcastle’s current situation.

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18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 p // May 2, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    if I was Pards I would just shut up and get on with it

  • 2 toon22 // May 2, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Another week of AP blathering on about this and that,for the last few weeks its meant nothing come match day.
    He should learn to just say we will fix it on the field where it matters.

  • 3 mattnufc // May 2, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Why do people always say he should shut up? The pre-match press conference is mandatory.
    I’m not saying he talks rubbish, though.

  • 4 toonbrother // May 2, 2013 at 7:27 PM


  • 5 Spoof // May 2, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    From the previous thread, for those who feel that Colo is a good defender, what is it that makes him so good, what I see is a defender who is slow, weak in the air, and gets outmuscled far to easily, and if he has to be brave and stand his ground then his ability to get out of the way makes him a better diver than Luis Suarez, the only time he moves quickly is too get out of the way

  • 6 toonluvva // May 2, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    I see Pardew said “you have to have a game plan that works”.


    Unfortunately, it seems that yours consists of negative tactics, poor substitutions, and playing people out of position.

    No wonder we are 4th bottom and still in danger of relegation.

  • 7 KevinHann // May 2, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Well when asked various related questions on a press conference, Pardew has little choice but to answer them. I believe the problem is more in the club’s PR policy that forces the manager to become the only vocal point on subjects like this. And the public aspect is certainly not Pardew’s best feat.

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  • 8 toon22 // May 2, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Imho he seems to put more effort into his press stuff than team tactics ,selection etc.
    He obviously has to say something but he seems to be digging himself a hole atm.
    As for having to ask AF’s oppinion.

  • 9 Big Pappa Cissé // May 2, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Maybe if we actually try to go for the win we might get somewhere. Single points can be vital at this stage but we need 1 win, just one more win for 40 points and that is what Pardew should be drilling into the players.

    I never feel confident about Pardews teams anymore and I am finding myself to start cheering on the sides that play Wigan FFS and it shouldn’t have got to this stage. I just hope Wigan pick up 1 or 2 more points and then we can just write this season off completely, then bring in someone who knows what they are doing in the summer. None of this give Pardew a few games in to the season horse sh*t, get Benitez or Heynkkes and give them a full pre season and 20 million to spend.

  • 10 p // May 2, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    matt – I don’t mean it literally.

    I just mean he should keep things brief, admit ti problems and just say we will work on them.

  • 11 KevinHann // May 2, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    I for one would like to know who will be picked at LB as both Santon and Haidara are out of the game. With Debuchy also out at RB we are facing a serious defensive crisis. The flanks are going to be massive with West Ham’s aerial presence in the box.

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  • 12 Big Pappa Cissé // May 2, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Collo has brilliant reading of the game and is a great tackler. Yes he lacks pace but if we don’t play to high of a line what is the problem ? . M’biwa looks like a good prospect but he still raw in the PL and has looked shaky at times. He was in many people’s team of last year don’t forget, he hasn’t turned into Williamson overnight for Gods sake 🙂 .

  • 13 toon22 // May 2, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    To the people who want to give him a few games into next season,imo its madness.
    You either get rid and replace or back to the hilt.
    Waiting till a few games into the season leaves us a laughing stock and make its almost impossible to attract some one who isnt just another AP.
    Its why we have had so many managers,good ones dont start mid way into a season.
    The same way good players usually arnt bought/sold mid way through a season.

  • 14 KevinHann // May 2, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Big Pappa Cisse – that’s alright, but what happens if you do that and you lose 0-3 to Sunderland, 0-6 to Liverpool? You see Di Canio did all he could in terms of getting his players up for a fight and they ended up losing 1-6 to Villa. The thing is we really don’t have the personnel to shrug off the relegation threat and kick on. Most of our players are looking at their international careers, future moves, asking themselves the wrong questions. You can’t just talk them out of it, it is a matter of experience as well as character.

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  • 15 Spoof // May 2, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    BPC, Colo being in that team last year doesn’t make him a good player, if you feel it does then by rights you should also feel that we have one of the best managers in the game, its all about opinion, but I do feel he will play against West Ham, and if he does then I hope he is superb.

  • 16 northernirishtoon // May 2, 2013 at 7:51 PM


    ‘Destablising the back four to reintroduce him would be suicide imho’.

    Had to laugh at that lol

    Worst home defeat to Sunderland in 100 years and worst home defeat to anyone in 75 years and your worried about destabilising the defence

    Your off your head

  • 17 fatash // May 2, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Time to stop knocking him and get behind the team, nowt we say will make any difference now so we need to show the team some support and sort it out after these three games are over.

  • 18 AndyMac // May 3, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    “Cabaye has offered Pardew some advice in a chat this week. Pardew revealed: “I have to be honest, I would like to have levels of communication greater than they are in terms of ‘Is our message, and the message of my staff getting through 100 per cent’? We hope it is”

    Yeah we HOPE it is too you freakin moron, how in Gods name did you get to be manager of Newcastle United ????????????

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