Pardew – Nobody Will Break My Spirit – I’m Trying To Put It Right


If you are a Newcastle manager, you can expect a lot of heat if things are not going well, and if things look like they are going to hell in a hand-basket – you can expect the pressure to be almost unbearable – and that’s what Alan Pardew has had to face this week, after Newcastle’s 6-0 loss to Liverpool – the worst home defeat since 1925.

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Alan Pardew – nobody will break my spirit

Alan Pardew gave his press conference yesterday, followed by a number of interviews with local reporters, and this is some of what he had to say in the Newcastle Journal today:

“Nobody will break my spirit in terms of trying to put it right.” “I have a strong philosophy of how I think the game should be played and we’ll try and fit in that motive for the next three games.”

“We need to play a brand of football which threatens the goal a little bit more because if you say to me what is my biggest concern I would say ‘goals’.”

“I have just conceded six but sometimes if you are threatening the goal a little bit more you don’t need to defend as often, and you can defend with a little more confidence.”

“We need to offer a little bit more threat going forward – that’s the key for the next few games.” “In terms of dealing with outside influences – which we’ve had a lot of this week – we’ve gained from that.”

“We’ve gained a lot of experience from that.” “I’ve had my fair share of it from clubs I’ve been at.” “I understand you get all sorts of accusations thrown at you.”

“There’s not much you can do. You can deny them but it might add fuel to the flames. Sometimes you don’t know whether to fight some issues or just let them ride.”

“Some of them we think have been completely left-field and we have decided to fight in some areas and not fight in other areas.

We had a lot of interviews form players last week saying how they were going to put things right against Liverpool, after the disastrous 3-0 defeat against Sunderland at home.

And yes – we are getting the same thing this week – but talk is cheap – very cheap.

What we need is to see a committed performance form our lads tomorrow at Upton Park, but we also need to take something out of the game – we must take something out of the game.

But to be honest – we’re not sure what to expect tomorrow.

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231 comments so far

  • Rainrix

    May 3, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #1

    Ok so pardew realises pressing high and going for goals can win matches and help in defending. Good? I’ll believe it if and when i see it.

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  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    May 3, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #2

    What spirit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • belgrade fan

    May 3, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #3

    There r news in my country that we finished job with Lille def Aurelio Sheidjou and he will sign for us at 1st day of transfer window. Also Cabs helped with this

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  • WWYCD

    May 3, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Offer more in attack? Drop Sissoko deeper and play 433 ditch the 4231 as we clearly arent good enough to do it with any level of success

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  • surreytoon

    May 3, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #5

    This is why so many are critical of and fed up with Pardew.

    With the team we have, technical, attacking players – why do we start games so slowly, tentatively and invite pressure for large portions of the game?

    I think the big losses against Fulham and Spurs last season really affected us. We lost those games because we were so open and attacking we got sucker punched so many times. After that we seemed to change completely into the current defensive mentality.

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 3, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #6

    “I have just conceded six but sometimes if you are threatening the goal a little bit more you don’t need to defend as often, and you can defend with a little more confidence.”

    then why do we always defend a 1 goal lead

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  • Rainrix

    May 3, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #7

    Sage… Im praying thats pardew finally coming to the realisation that attacking is the best form of defence.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 3, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #8

    sage

    go figure!!

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 3, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #9

    “I have just conceded six but sometimes if you are threatening the goal a little bit more you don’t need to defend as often, and you can defend with a little more confidence.”

    WOW ! No s..t !!!!!! This guy’s an Einstein.

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 3, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #10

    wwycd

    i think 4231 could work…really suits our players we just dont play it right

    the deep players can’t be out and out DM’s…chelsea used luiz and lampard last night, both can defend but offer plenty forward.

    we could play anita and sissoko there, let them break forward when needed but can hold too. Then have cabaye, marv(gouff if unfit) and hba like they use oscar, mata and hazard..all better in centre but ben arfa can move out wide and do well.

    the cisse and torres.

    You see with chelsea when they play it they have players running past torres all the time, gives him more space and creates more options for the threw ball too.

    just wish we could play it properly, no matter what shape we adopt it’s always defensive.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 3, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #11

    Reading between the lines I think the players have said attack or else…!

    Best thing the players can do it is totally ignore pardew and play their own natural game.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 3, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #12

    sage

    threw balls – where were they thrown!!! sorry grammar police

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  • cape town geordie

    May 3, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #13

    if you want to put things right just quit pardew……..How does laurnt blanc sound as our new manager when we survive

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 3, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #14

    rainrix

    It’s my biggest criticism and also my only source of hope in Pardew.

    He can get us playing well, just more often than not we decide to drop deep and don’t want to attack even though when we do we look better at the back as well as offering a threat. Really annoys me as he must see this but for whatever reason doesn’t do it.

    It’s also hopeful that if he ever does see it and realise it then maybe he can make a success of himself (if ashley decided to keep hold).

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  • yo-yo

    May 3, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #15

    FROM PREVIOUS THREAD

    catchy in norway // May 3, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    lets set a record, a new one
    4 own goals
    all from corrners

    carrol and nolan to score hatricks

    yo-yo // May 3, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Catchy

    Let me get this right… You want us to lose 6-0 with two hat tricks against us or 10-0 (two hat-tricks and four OGs).

    As either result would almost certainly mean relegation and the article is about player loyalty – and I don’t doubt HBAs comments – then can you clear up your own position.

    TS

    I also believe that 4231 can work for us just as you say but we need the mid 3 to work the channels as well as attack centrally. Oh for a player the quality of Mata just now

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 3, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #16

    belgrade

    any more details on that?

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 3, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #17

    Rotonda

    the annoying thing is i sat and thought about that, typed in ‘threw’ then sent my comment and thought, why did i type that haha

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  • John Tudor

    May 3, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #18

    the man is devoid of spirit apart from the mothers ruin

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 3, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #19

    yo-yo

    we con’t need a mata, but would be nice, we just need our attacking players to be allowed to use their experience/ability to roam a little behind cisse and go where they think they have space.

    everything is way too rigid with us

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  • belgrade fan

    May 3, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #20

    Rotonda, I ll translate
    Lille defender Aurelio S will leave France at the end of the season and will sign for the TOON in the first days of transfer window. Two clubs already agreed all terms about transfer and Aurelio will be the first signing for the TOON. Cabs helped transfer to be realized as he connected TOON with Aurelios agents and Lilli

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  • WWYCD

    May 3, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #21

    Sage
    I agree it can work when played correctly but u need to be organised at the back and, imo, it works best with a striker who can hole onto the ball and allow other attackers to get forward and Cisses first touch is close to that of a bull in a china shop 90% of the time and when he does get a hold of it our other lads stroll up the pitch

    I think its time for a change might liven up the lack lusts s**ts

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  • ErnestHemingway

    May 3, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #22

    I don’t think the issue is whether most of our players are French, the issue for me is every club needs a core of players who are either homegrown or players who have completely bought in to the English culture and the Premier League and understand what is required to compete in this country. Every single remotely successful club has had and will continue to have this. I think it was Beattie who mentioned that he see’s us as being similar in many ways to Dortmund. I can see where he is coming from, but they have a youth system which has produced a vast amount of players who have progressed to the first team.

    In my humble opinion, purchasing the amount of foreign players that we have, in such a short space of time, while selling a lot of experienced Premier League players, is a very dangerous game. It’s a massive gamble by a gambling man; Mike Ashley. We will find out if he wins this particular bet soon enough.

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  • mindshaft

    May 3, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #23

    pressing high against west ham is prob a good idea given they don’t have pacy wingers / forwards – however it’ll be a disaster against qpr and arsenal

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  • ErnestHemingway

    May 3, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #24

    For what it’s worth, I can realistically see Wigan picking up 6 points from their four remaining games. They know draws aren’t enough for them, so they will be going out to win games (perhaps this is something Pardew should consider doing). I can also see us picking up 1 point from our remaining games, which would result in us being level on points with Wigan. Goal difference could save or relegate us.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 3, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #25

    Sage

    This is the tragedy of Pardew. He is shown tantalising glimpses of what could be something special, ie the 433 with Benny, Cisse and Ba and then turns his back on it.

    He never had a plan B when Ba said he was playing central. He tried to play Cisse out left instead of Ba when it clearly didn’t work.

    Pardew never considered alternating Ba and Cisse in the middle with one on the bench ( could have helped our tired players!) and playing Benny and Marv either side of Ba.

    As you say the first half v wba was good then he completely retreats when we were just for once on the front foot.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 3, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #26

    ernest

    didn’t do arsenal any harm, but then they had a good well respected and successful french manager.

    I really don’t think it matters where you come from. You could turn it around and say we have a strong predominant French speaking contingent (African players too) and not a collection of many different languages

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  • sparky55

    May 3, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #27

    The game we have to win is against QPR as there is very little chance of getting anything from theWest Ham or Arsenal games. We have to use west ham as a training session to get the mindset, tactics and formation just like when we went to Arsenal and Man U over xmas. We have to play like that again to get anything from the last 3 games because if we go out with the ‘try not to lose’ set up and mentality then we’re guaranteed to lose and go down. We have to ATTACK instead falling deeper and deeper as we get pinned back

    harper
    Simpson, Colo, taylor, Anita
    cabaye, Sissoko, Perch
    Ben Arfa, Goufran, Cisse

    Sissoko and Perch sit, cabaye provides the link between midfield and attack, ben arfa provides the guile and goufran and Cisse put them in the back of the net!

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  • Rainrix

    May 3, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #28

    Sage….. Well its nice to have hope :). At the same time this quote troubles me:

    “I have a strong philosophy of how I think the game should be played and we’ll try and fit in that motive for the next three games”

    As its been said he’s a defensive minded manager first and foremost and i think no matter how well we attack and defend by attacking he’ll always be a defensive manager and at any second we can default to the horrible football we’ve had all season. I’d like to see him fundamentally change his philosophy but i just dont see it happening.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 3, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #29

    Thanks belgrade

    Just pray we’re still in the PL and a new manager is on board.

    Ridiculous amount of talent going to waste otherwise

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  • jail4pardew

    May 3, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #30

    Sparky, play mbiwa n saylor with colo in front of them, reads the game brilliantly, better all around then perch who isn’t the worst but a stop gap type.

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  • John Tudor

    May 3, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #31

    pardew wont change style players tactics because he cant his mindset is that of a shrew

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 3, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #32

    Rainrix

    Allardyce always said he would change if he had better technical players. Never happened. It’s in his, Pard’s and Pulis’ D.N.A. Long ball and hopeful flick-ons.

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  • Rainrix

    May 3, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #33

    Rotonda… Yep thats why he has to go. Its an absolute dinosaur of a play style. If he could show he could change his mindset then im sure he’d bring a lot of people back onside but it just wont happen.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    May 3, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #34

    “We need to play a brand of football that threatens the goal” ? . Is this the same guy that played two DM’s against liverpool at home. I seriously think Pardew has some kind of double personality syndrome. He talks a good game during the week and then when it comes to the weekend Mr. Hyde comes out and plays awful teams and tactics 🙂 .

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 3, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #35

    rotonda

    surely if he stumbled onto the 433 he should have at least the vision to see it worked and to try and stick with it.

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  • Tinman - Pardwho?

    May 3, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #36

    YoYo,

    Your making something out of nothing there.
    Read the posts above, catchy is referring to the fact that people are joking about zero expectations means we wont disappointed and bet against us and we might win.
    Trying again and again to make catchy look stupid only makes you look stupid yourself.

    I dont agree with all his opinions, but if you ask me, that comment by you is much much worse

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  • sparky55

    May 3, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #37

    jail4 pardew…good shout…the brazilian lad at chelsea has proven that can work

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  • Tinman - Pardwho?

    May 3, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #38

    Pardew is absolutely clueless, how we even took him on was a joke. It seems obvious now that its because he owes Ashley money, or some kind of favour. I think if he loses this job he loses eveything! He is a desperate man. A man on the edge.
    Thats why he is finding it so difficult to change. The pressure is simply too much for him.

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  • Santon03

    May 3, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #39

    Does he see things so differently with what we all see? I mean at least 100,000 fans all over the world hate, got frustrated, angry with the way our team play, seems like he is the only one loves our current brand of football and thinks we put pressures on opponent the whole 90 mins.
    Why is it the words that came out his mouth always contradict with the truth? There must be something wrong with his brain, it’s like all some of the cables in his head are disconnected.

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  • rotherschild

    May 3, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #40

    TO THE NUFC BOARD. HIRE DAVID GINOLA FOR THE NEXT 4 WEEKS. HE WILL GET THE MESSAGE ACROSS TO TE TEAM
    PARDEW HAS PROBLEMS SPEAKING ENGLISH SO FRENCH IS NOT IN HIS TOOL BAG

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