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Pardew – I Didn’t Criticize Ashley Or Llambias – Honest

12:30 am, Sunday, May 12th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 43 Comments

Alan Pardew said that Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias had made some mistakes last summer and this season and would need to take some responsibility for that, when the season ends and the big three meet to discuss what the heck happened.

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Alan Pardew – ridiculous for me to criticize Ashley, LLambias

But now Alan seems to be backing away from those words, as he had this to say in the Independent today:

“I’m not criticizing Mike or Derek Llambias, the club’s chief executive,” “That would be ridiculous. I’m just saying we need to have a conversation. We know that. It won’t be a comfortable conversation, will it?”

“It’s not like last year when we finished fifth and said, ‘What a good job we have all done’. This season has been a trickier one.”“I did not expect this season to go as it has.”

“It’s been very difficult. I feel like I’ve worked twice as hard as last year. You have situations where you need to get the balance right between the information you give players.”

“Maybe we need to look at how the team has performed but we haven’t got the whole picture yet. That’s where I sit today, really in a state of flux. We’ve got two games left.”

“We don’t know what division we’re in. But we feel we’re confident enough to get over the line.” “I have not doubted myself this season,” “I don’t think as a manager you can ever do that.”

Alan Pardew can do himself some good today by getting a Newcastle win at QPR, and then Newcastle will be safe in the Premier League – and a draw would also be a decent result.

But a defeat will throw us right back into the relegation struggle – and we saw four years ago that when it goes down to the last game – we could take the drop.

We’d love to see Newcastle get our second away win of the season at Loftus Road today.

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43 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Munster Mag // May 12, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Remarkable back tracking, but he’s just shot himself in the foot, twice. Once for being rubbish this season, and once for saying his boss who belatedly gave him 20 mill, had a mare aswell. Alans getting his digs in before he’s sacked methinks.

  • 2 Cool Hand Luke // May 12, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Cringe! Here’s a tip Alan, dont let your mouth run away with itself when theres journalists about.

  • 3 Ashtoon // May 12, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Alan Pardew needs to be reminded that he is still carrying a shovel, and in case he didn’t realise, he is hammering it into the ground, in a very deep hole. He is incredibly brain dead.

  • 4 Laurent Robert 32 // May 12, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Andy, yes indeed, playing poorly and picking up points is a mark of a good team and I was saying that exact thing last season amongst my views.

    HOWEVER, playing poorly and picking up points isn’t sustainable over a few seasons and I always stressed that this season would give a clearer picture on how last season should be really determined.

    We are one place off the bottom 3 and he had £20m spent in January, yes it should have been in the summer. If we didn’t sign those players we’d already be down.

    The performances have been worse this season, without the points. Therefore last year was masked by Simpson points saving clearances, blinding goals and at times a hardworking defence.

    The drain of constantly defending has taken its toll on the team right at the start and it’s sucking the life and spirit out of players who naturally have a positive attitude.

    He makes basic errors week after week and talks complete lies. I’d had enough of him before the Reading home game.

  • 5 Black and White with an army lol // May 12, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Laurent Robert 32

    well said mate

  • 6 Black and White with an army lol // May 12, 2013 at 12:46 AM


    “We havent had a fit Ben Arfa or Marveaux most of the year, so I wouldnt even class Obertan or Jonas as worthy of being called wingers.”

    so why then did he kept on playing a 4231 and a 433?

  • 7 Laurent Robert 32 // May 12, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Cheers B & W

  • 8 Offkey // May 12, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Well done, Alan. Another interview ‘over the line’ with more bizarre statements.

    1. He doesn’t doubt himself even after the season we have had.
    2. ‘You have situations where you need to get the balance right between the information you give players.’ Has Ed missed something as this makes no sense to me.
    3. “Maybe we need to look at how the team has performed but we haven’t got the whole picture yet.” What question was he asked to say this?

  • 9 Ashtoon // May 12, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    I guess it can only be a product of Pardew’s apparent love of all things media related that he is still compulsively ‘stroking himself’ in the public eye with all of these bloody interviews. The guy clearly has no shame, when in obvious truth he should rightly be in hiding (or given a proper good hiding) given his token mentions of respect he palms out the the local area by way of lip service. He is in reality now just babbling uncontrollably to his friends in the London papers to paper over his paper thin dysfunctional ego.

    Any right minded business man in control of the club would cut this liability loose. Unfortunately, not so sure given the politics involved with Ashley. But let’s hope Pardew is returned to old London town sooner, rather than later, i.e. next season. Just do it Ashley. And also sack Lambias.

  • 10 Minato // May 12, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    As reported in the Mail, “Pardew insists he has worked twice as hard as last season, when they finished fifth, and said: “I’m really confident that we’ll stay up.’’

    Think I’ve figured out the problem lads…

  • 11 maximan23 // May 12, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    sinkhole…jump….byebye alan

  • 12 donkey // May 12, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    the only way pardew has a chance of keeping his job now is two convincing wins otherwise its bye bye

  • 13 Newcastle for alltid // May 12, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    Get out Pardew, get out Llambias, and GTFO Ashley. This club needs to rebuild, and I’ve had enough of this bulls**t.
    The three of them seems like they’re living in a dream world, where they’re just three kids playing football manager to see how it all turns out. New “tactics” every match, players getting unhappy/unsettled, and dressing rooms gone rampant. They’re toying with this great club, and not bringing any stability at all.

  • 14 Jamie McKellar // May 12, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    Well for me, I’ve been a fan of Pards for a long time, when he was at Southampton to be precise. But I’ve seen the error of his ways this season by playing players that shouldn’t be on the pitch, and leaving out those who are half decent.

    I personally think we are safe this year, but can’t see us beating Arsenal so we can forget that. I wouldn’t want to see Alan get the sack, but if we are drawing against QPR with 10 minutes to go and he brings on Gosling again, then the main seasonal issues will be looked at those moments.

    I don’t want to see some French manager come in because we need to be an English club. I love the fact we are the only (I think only, might be wrong) top flight team with English Owners and English Manager. Lets just hope the Silver Fox can pull something out his of rabbit hat this afternoon

    Howay the lads

  • 15 manxpie // May 12, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    black and white so tell me a team with a formation without wingers!!!?
    what like 4 21111? hahahaha
    andy’s made good poin’ts and the best ya can come-up with is not play ANY!! wide men???
    the fact is if every toon fan picked there 1st eleven arfa n prob marveux would be in it??
    and ober n jonas would be out!!
    so tell me how often thats been available all season??
    oh and btw marveaux has been shocking on the wing!!
    so who else apart from him on the left?
    even when he or arfa was fit?
    plus wat cracks me up is the arrogance of sum posters i.e ruddy,catchy and daztoon and the like that call a person in the game, that has been in the game all there life “CLUELESS” but them posting a teamsheet before a game and then arguing for a few hours after and even more so if we lose!!!?
    so who’s arrogant in that situation?
    and btw ruddy you made 2 spelling errors in 1 of your posts 2day but only corrected 1!?
    that offended me massively;) but guess wat i don’t give a shit and am only pointing it out coz i’m being as petty as you are plus the fact you can’t take criticism very well double wammy really!
    wat also makes me laugh is the constant nit picking of every pardew interview its beyond a joke now!!
    and can i ask everyone that thinks “WE’VE GOT THE BEST SQUAD EVER”???
    Where n how did you come to this assumption?
    if its just on paper then i’d understand but after this season i seriously cant see why or how you can come to that assumption!!?
    and btw if its only on paper then there is no and i mean NO ARGUMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    the fact is there’s no i in team so you saying a group of individuals can just come together no problem is bollocks!!!!!!???
    i think we’ll win 3-1 tommorrow and survive i also think pardew will be gone at the end of the season and imo he didn’t get a fair shot….BUT maybe gave ashley a massive wake up call in terms of actually backing managers instead of lamearse!!
    so the criticism of a fella that got us 5th 2 seasons after coming up up is “pathetic”! and down right offensive but we all know the people who wont acknowledge it at the end won’t we? infact they’ll proclaim they were right all along!!
    but just wait till our next manager!!?
    thats all i’m saying!
    but i’d bet its dealt with massive contempt!!!?

  • 16 Kebabacus // May 12, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    This is how you do it Alan:

    Class, pedigree, good football.

  • 17 manxpie // May 12, 2013 at 3:32 AM

    infact cathy,rotunda,ruddy n the like oh and jack butler!!! and the rest! will you take the blame with our new manager!!??
    i.e if in a years time i said i told u so we should have kept pardew???
    but thats the impossible question even though you all think it’s the answer!?
    my only replacement for pardew a few weeks ago was moyes but obviously i don’t know nowt about football do i catchy #tosser!!
    and catchy you brought up the fact that most of us didn’t wan’t martinez before he won the fa cup??
    so wat if it was us in the fa cup final and in 18th place in the PL can you imagine??????
    i mean look at the stick you’ve give pardew for being 5th in the PL and in the quarter finals of the europa!!!??
    so why don’t ya fuuk off catchy when you understand actually supporting a team because you obviously DON’T!!!!!!!
    if you did we’d have heard ya from when we started because we were really shit then hey!!!!!?? :)

  • 18 manxpie // May 12, 2013 at 3:39 AM

    so just out of curiousity how can a manager from a different country be the absolute answer wat hapens if he has a good season then a bad 1 do you sack him too!!?
    or give him time to rectify it????
    just curious like??

  • 19 Kebabacus // May 12, 2013 at 3:44 AM


    Please note I didn’t say anything about sacking Pardew or replacing him with Pellegrini. I was merely making a comparison.

    I lived in Spain for 2 years, and Pellegrini is very highly thought of there. He will go to a huge team.

    As far as Pardew is concerned, I am on the fence. We need to stop changing mangers every year, but I can’t bring myself to like him. If we stay up, then he should be given more time. Let the French contingent settle, see how it goes.

    Doesn’t mean I have to like him though.

  • 20 Kebabacus // May 12, 2013 at 4:13 AM

    From the Guardian:

    “Only two goalkeepers in the Premier League have provided an assist this season and both play for Newcastle – Rob Elliot and Tim Krul”

    Speaks volumes about our style of play.

  • 21 JackButler // May 12, 2013 at 5:06 AM


    If you are happy with a manager like Pardew then best of luck to you.


    Well let’s just say that I am sick and tired of listening to him talk a good game and offer nothing of the sort on the pitch. His negative and defensive approach has cost us so many points this season, points that should already see us safely inside the top 10.

    You want to give him more time as he took us to fifth last season? Well taking fifth last season isn’t going to stop us from being relegated if we don’t get three points at qpr and other results go against us.

    Look at the man’s previous clubs and you will see his record is simply repeating itself. But if you are happy with him at the helm then good luck to you just don’t bitch and.moan if we are relegated or if we do manage to stay up and any quality we do have in this squad wants out as I’d be amazed if the players weren’t as equally sucked off with how he manages this side.

  • 22 cockneymagpie90 // May 12, 2013 at 5:10 AM

    Manxpie obviously has lengthy wanks over Pardew and his apparent ability as a manager.

    Pardew is a shit manager….


  • 23 cockneymagpie90 // May 12, 2013 at 5:11 AM

    Manxpie obviously has lengthy tugs over Pardew and his apparent ability as a manager.

    Pardew is a shit manager….


  • 24 Korean Magpie // May 12, 2013 at 5:37 AM

    Does this guy even have a brain? I seriously doubt it

  • 25 eaststandgeordie1982 // May 12, 2013 at 6:58 AM

    So alan how do you think the season has gone
    “Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah”

    Hes got more rabbit than sainburys.

  • 26 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // May 12, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    Good morning lads!

    …so it is the big day today – and congratulations to Wigan last night. A Job Well Done!

    Some of us wanted Martinez…but what do we know (I am still amazed that he has kept them in the EPL this long with what he’s got)

    But they playfootball unlike us; and really nice football most of the time (loves his 3-4-3).

    Lets just get the job done today so we can all move on. The three stooges need to work it out in the summer (they all shoulder blame)

  • 27 check the toastie // May 12, 2013 at 7:03 AM

    We will get beat today as Pardew will play Jonas and Tiote who should be nowhere near the team. They are so outpaced and devoid of Zipp and energy we are always on the back foot.

    Pardew is a total Crank and should have been sacked weeks ago, how anyone can hold onto a job after the season we have had is incredible, Ashley sacks Hughton when we are 12th with a much lesser squad and investment, then keeps this prick on when we have been shite all year and last year by the way. Baffling.

  • 28 toonincheek // May 12, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    Wasn’t impressed with Pardew initially, but he did
    a good job last season.
    Just luck? Or riding on the back of the team spirit
    that CH left|?
    No – has to be more than that.

    I’m still not saying he should be kicked out. This
    season has NOT been satisfactory by any means.
    I don’t buy ‘all the games in Europe” – we played
    our reserves for the first 50% of games
    Injuries have had a significant effect.
    Last summer, I can understand how it was felt that
    with the team playing well, and it seeming that youngsters were ready to step up, we didn’t need
    to strengthen the squad much.
    OK – so that hasn’t proved to be the case.

    But when all said and done, the manager has to get
    the best out of his players.
    We have the best squad for sure (on paper) since the
    Their under-performance HAS to be down to Pardew,
    whether that be tactics player selection or lack of

    I’m still not convinced (assuming we manage to survive)
    that this is the time to change managers.
    We need some stability.

    But we certainly DO need to have an objective analysis
    of what has gone wrong, solutions found and a new
    direction established.

  • 29 Ashingtonexile // May 12, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Pardew lacks passion simple as that, if the manager hasn’t got it then there is no chance he will fill the players with it.
    Still hoping for a win today though but hoping is the best I can do, been hoping since watching the team for the first time – 51 years ago.

  • 30 bills-son // May 12, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    It will be interesting to see what Ashley does about Pardew if we stay up.

    I think the lesson he will have learnt this year is that the Prem is infinitely more competitive and less predictable than his SD business. You don’t go from the 5th top retailer in the country to the 16th in a year and of course he doesn’t even have 19 compeitors as is the case in the Prem – he almost has a monopoly.

    What he has learnt is that by not paying what clubs demanded for players last summer and thinking he could tread water until this summer – whilst the form of last season could be maintained – was a flawed policy. Extra games in the Europa, early season injuries, early seaso loss of form to crucially important players (especially Cabaye and Tiote) and overestimating how good the younger players were totally exposed the fragilty of the squad. I also think some players – like Tiote – thought they had cracked ir after the 5th finish and stopped grafting as hard as they did last season.

    Pardew has also made mistakes – the biggest imo playing Cisse out wide for half a season who was a waste of a place and totally disrupted the game play.

    The strategy behind giving Pardew a long contract was sound, the practicality is that this season has proved that outside of the top 4/5 clubs ANY team can go from relative hero (ie., our 5th) to relagation candidates in a season.

    Ashley has too accept that he bears a big responsibilty for not buying more playerx last summer. How much of that responsibilty he accepts and how much blame he still attaches to Pardew will decide Pardew’s fate.

    Because as sure as hell, if we stay up Ashley will not accept another season like this one.

  • 31 Joe Blog // May 12, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Motormouth has dug his own grave, crafted his own coffin, then with his moment of madness took a swipe at Ashley inscribing “up yours Mike!”, on the side of it. Now his knackers have shrunk back to the usual pip size, he’s desperately trying to sand it off.

    Alan, just hop in now, please, so we can put this sorry affair to bed.

  • 32 Ben3arfa // May 12, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Really not the time for these latest Pardew comments

    Lets get this victory and begin building for next season for goodness sake (WITHOUT Pardew)

  • 33 toonincheek // May 12, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    bills –

    Sounds familiar.

    My first game involved Bobby Mitchell, in the
    twilight of his career, making a comeback from
    Almost sounds familiar with the likely choice
    for todays’ game.

  • 34 Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter) // May 12, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    So under pardew we should never qualify for Europe because this will happen.

    I think he is just happy finishing 8-12 every season.

  • 35 Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter) // May 12, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    one more thing.

    People on the blog say that Jonas tracks back and Blah blah blah

    but i don’t think he can defend

  • 36 check the toastie // May 12, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Cast your mind back to after the Chelsea home game, we had just signed a fair few french internationals, had a team full of international footballers, we were getting carried away with the new quality in our squad, people all agreed that we had a team capable of top 6 football.

    Pardew with his pathetic tactics and negative men behind the ball mentality has totally killed any feel good factor or momentum we had from that game, the man is a total balloon and we will pick up no more points this season, he has lost he plot, nobody is listening to him anymore.

    This has been the most dissappointing season in my NUFC supporting life. We have underachieved spectacularly, all down to Pardew.

    The only blame that should be levelled at Ashley is that he should have sacked the clown at Xmas, and why he is still in a job is mystifying.

  • 37 cyprus // May 12, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    So, two misfiring teams… QPR haven’t scored in last four, NUFC in three of the last four. Bore draw 0-0, perhaps?

  • 38 Laurent Robert 32 // May 12, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    I think his comments over the last few days have shown a real fear of losing his job, yet his own arrogance, spilling out naturally as he was in autopilot, pointed the finger at Ashley. I’m sure Ashley wont stand for that.

    His arrogance has tripped himself up big style.

    Bye, Alan.

  • 39 catchy in norway // May 12, 2013 at 9:18 AM


    i love it , just love it ( KK quote) when you come on and try and defend your lover boy AP, you sound as deluded as him , and infact your digging a hole bigger than him

    you say he has been in football his whole life, i guess as fans we havent, i think you will find most fans know quite a lot about football, infact just because he has been involved dosnt automaticly make him a great manager,
    i could list 50 players that have failed as managers ,
    just because they have been lucky enough to play the game dont mean that others of us couldnt have played as pro players,

    some fans are just guys who love to go to the match, never played at any level, only watched from the side lines, this does not make them any less knowladgable of the game ,

    what im trying to say is you have put us that have not been involved in the game at pro level as stupid know nothings so should not have any opinions, where does this leave jurno’s like ed?

    there are things i dont know , and i hold my had up to that, i know nothing about contracts and that side of his job

    but i know about playing football, i know that you pick a team to suit your players you have , but your saying we dont have any, id say while he is not the finshed player, fergy is our best winger we have , and for that matter santon looks a better winger than LB and can play both wings,
    i know going all out attack v man u and ars was great but foolish, he could have done that v reading villa west ham and many other team would have been more affective and got us more points, but v these teams he chose to play 3 DMC and protect a nil nil from kick off.

    im not having a go at AP the man, just as a manager, he is not good enough at this level

    george burly won manager of the year with ipswitch, finished 5th, relegated the season after, where is he now? im sure a guy who won a premiership manager of the year title would never be out of work in the prem?

    please wake up and see him for what he is, i mean come on bigi as a right winger v sunderland ,

  • 40 Spotlight Kid // May 12, 2013 at 9:35 AM


    <i<Because as sure as hell, if we stay up Ashley will not accept another season like this one.

    Who are you kidding? As long as we stay up this will all be forgotten, there will be a couple of token signings, Pardew will be airbrushed as SAF in waiting and we might manage to finish between Stoke and Fulham next season. Consequently, once the mediocrity model is established it will as risk free as selling 70% off crummy sports socks and ill fitting leggings with logos on to hard up families.

    Ashley is a pariah, Pardew is his willing stooge, and apologists like yourself must be rubbing your hand together at the prospect of another seven tedious, uncompetitive, trophy-less seasons.

  • 41 Spotlight Kid // May 12, 2013 at 9:36 AM


    Because as sure as hell, if we stay up Ashley will not accept another season like this one.quoting bills-son

  • 42 Greebol1892 // May 12, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    What!? What a gobshite. The man just keeps going on and on. Why say so much to a controversy-hungry press?!?!?! The man is challenging melted candleface for his fervent drivel. blah blah blah.
    Shut it man and help us win today!

  • 43 JP...from The Rock // May 12, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Bill-son – A very good and balanced post. I am on the same opinion but leaning towards pardew getting the sack as he has shown me this season he has no bottle and plays it safe when he’s under the cosh a bit, when in fact we should have gone all out to attack and score the winning goal against teams like Reading for example. Now that we’re deep in the shite he has made that descion to attack even harder on himself. Now we need all the points we can get to save ourselves. We should attack QPR like crazy as our EPL status depends on it but i get thus disturbing feeling that Pardew will be happy going for a draw :/ like you said Ashley has to decide how much blame must go to Pards and make a decision.

    Now get us those precious points pards and then I don’t care what happens!


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