Pardew – Since I’ve Been Here, It’s Been Milk And Honey


Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has become very philosophical of late, with the results in the last seven games being little short of pathetic, but he has a chance to save Newcastle this afternoon, if we can beat QPR in London.

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Alan Pardew – it’s been milk and honey most of the time

With Wigan losing against Swansea last Tuesday night, it has given Newcastle a massive window of opportunity to save ourselves – but whether we are good enough to take that chance by winning at QPR today, we’ll have to wait and see.

The Newcastle side and manager have gone through lots of adversity this season – as have the Newcastle fans – who can’t quite believe what’s happening right now, and the fact we could be playing in the English second division next season is more than alarming – it’s simply unimaginable.

This is what Alan Pardew had to say to the press today:

“The players have had to work hard and force games and we have to do that at QPR. Get ourselves a win. Get ourselves a result any shape it comes in and I think against Arsenal, a home game, I think we have got a chance of a result.”

“We’ll definitely be going to QPR to win. It’s a strange scenario, the whole bottom of the league. You can talk about Southampton and Sunderland, Norwich have got a massive game as well.”

“It’s a very remarkable way it is going to end but, for us, we don’t want it to go to the last game. That’s why we want to win.” “You learn in adversity as much as you learn in victory, sometimes more, and this has been a year when we’ve had adversity at crucial times.”

“We had a terrible run before Christmas, terrible injury problems and this back end of the season, a level of criticism that the players probably weren’t used to.” “Since I’ve been here, it’s been milk and honey a little bit for most of them, so I think we’ve all been a little bit shocked by that.”

We’re not too sure about things being like milk and honey for most of the time since Alan arrived.

It’s true that a measure of a man (or a woman) is how they react in times of adversity, and not when everything is going well.

And with all the adversity Newcastle have suffered this season, we should be able to tell in the summer who should stay and who should go – and that includes both players and coaches – always assuming Mike Ashley wants to keep the club.

Alan Pardew can make things a lot easier for everybody concerned with Newcastle today, by getting all 3 points today and making us safe – and it would be a massive relief to Newcastle fans.

A defeat would be another complete disaster and it’s hard to even imagine that could happen today.

A win would make things a heck of a lot rosier in the Newcastle garden and we could even then look forward to the future.

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236 comments so far

  • yo-yo

    May 12, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #1

    All you jokers listing new managers might want to take a look at this list.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/22450901

    The only name in the frasme who has a significantly better record than AP is Rafa.

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  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    May 12, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #2

    Last para add terrible manager

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  • colwell

    May 12, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #3

    Spotlight kid

    We would be left with Elliot,willo,perch,bigi,shola,Oba,gosling maybe Jonas,gouffran. Not too good of a team with youth included and not much moneys worth either. By no means guaranteed promotion.

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  • geordie157

    May 12, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #4

    Indian, Pardew wouldn’t have won the SPL with Celtic if he was manager this season. Think that’s pushing it, even Kinnear could win that league.

    On the subject of Scotland, i’d chance Callum Paterson from Hearts, wouldn’t cost hardly anything plus he can play rb, rw and st, loan him out, he’s a bit raw but as proved vs Liverpool he could be one for the future. Get him in and loan him out to develop further.

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  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    May 12, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #5

    Yo-yo

    How many have had the resources that pardew has had

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  • colwell

    May 12, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #6

    And most certainly no where near 75m pound worth of players

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    May 12, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #7

    Rafa is the manager to take us forward i wouldn’t be surprise if got us in the top 4 in 2 seasons time

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  • geordie157

    May 12, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #8

    Colwell, I was thinking roughly what our team would be if we went down.

    Elliot
    Tav, Taylor, Wilo, Haidara
    Obertan, Gosling, Bigi, Fergs
    Campbell, Austin

    Someone needs to take a chance on Austin at some point, just not sure he’s who could step up. Although Le Fondre is a similar player and he’s done alright.

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  • yo-yo

    May 12, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #9

    Indian

    http://transferleague.co.uk

    Check for yourself

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  • yo-yo

    May 12, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #10

    Geordie

    I’d definitely risk Charlie boy – he’s scored at eveyr level he’s played and stepped up every time

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  • geordie157

    May 12, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #11

    wonder what odds I could get on Rafa being our new manager and Ba returning.

    Hard to see Ba playing much next season, with Lukaku returning and possibly a Falcao or Lewandowski coming in.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    May 12, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #12

    if we did relegated i think we should bring in Hughes from Derby saying that if we stay up we should still bring him in

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  • colwell

    May 12, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #13

    Geordie157

    Yeah that’s pretty much the team I imagined well minus Austin but a good shout certainly knows where the net is.

    It’s no where near as good as the team that got us back up before though. Although I’d love too see Campbell rip the championship hopefully not with us mind, on loan.

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  • Toon Tang

    May 12, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #14

    reading between the lines, pardews saying he wants the age of consent lowering

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  • solano

    May 12, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #15

    We’ve been in the land of ‘milk and honey’ ??!! Really? Smokey Robinson should be scratching his balding afro after writing “a taste of honey’s worse than none at all”.
    What planet is our increasingly bizarre and desperate manager on? He didn’t even mention ‘jam tomorrow’.
    Deadman walking…..

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  • check the toastie

    May 12, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #16

    Wonder if the team selected looks like its been picked to win the game, If Jonas, and Tiote start (which they will) we will be beat, they are struggling big time and have been all season. Would love to see Pardew just go for it with some attacking players.

    We will get beat anyways.

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  • gaz 44

    May 12, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #17

    Just been in bookies again n same lad I saw put 350 on rudi Garcia put another 100 on the same bet so I asked him if he knew something his reply was simply watch this space. So I’ve put 25 on lol to my surprise only 20/1 thought odds would b much further out

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 12, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #18

    Rotonda and Yorky

    That’s one way to project your imaginations onto me. But Rotonda does that in almost every post he makes, so it’s getting old.

    I didn’t defend Pardew at all – but there’s plenty to moan about without having to make things up.

    Why not complain about things that we can actually see, rather than inventing stories about players laughing at him behind his back?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 12, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #19

    I’d like to make a little correction to solanos post on the previous thread where he he says if we don’t beat QPR we deserve to go down,I mostly agree with that except that it is not us that deserve to go down as loyal fans but Mike Ashley and his ridiculous decision making certainly deserve to take a hit if we manage to go down.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    May 12, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #20

    i think MA needs to start bringing in young blood next season foreign or not.

    Ince, Hughes, Austin, Allion, Verratti, Sinclair, Fierro,

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  • geordie157

    May 12, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #21

    here’s one for you bloggers over the past 20 yrs rank our managers best to worst. i’m not including Shearer, as I feel its a bit harsh to judge him on that short spell.

    In no particular order.

    Keegan
    Dalglish
    Gullit
    Robson
    Souness
    Roeder
    Kinnear
    Allardyce
    Hughton
    Pardew

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  • donkey

    May 12, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #22

    SOLANO ashly has has already been down that road of trying to pls the fans with KK and AS and look how that turned out hes backed pardew in the window with 5 new players and yes mayby he should have backed him in the summer but they had faith in the youth comming thru bringing in pardew was a mistake and giving him an 8 year contract was an even bigger one but im sure MA will sort out new manerger in the summer and i think he would be the first to admit hes learning every day to become a better footbal chairman

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    May 12, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #23

    any other youngsters lads?

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  • gaz 44

    May 12, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #24

    It goes Robson then Keegan then the rest r just awful

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  • solano

    May 12, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #25

    JFA…point taken but maybe fans- including your good self- should share some blame as you implicitly support this rotten regime by giving money upfront for a continuation of this unacceptable situation?

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  • geordie157

    May 12, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #26

    Black and White, would love us to sign Will Hughes, fantastic prospect. Loan him back to Derby for a season to sweeten the deal.

    and agree we need some young talent, maybe add Redmond to that list, Harry Maguire. Not as young but maybe worth a look is Bolasie at Palace.

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  • catchy in norway

    May 12, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #27

    minxpie

    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 ,

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  • solano

    May 12, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #28

    Donkey…you really live up to your pen name. Here, have a sugarlump….jam tomorrow!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 12, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #29

    solano ,
    I hear you.

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  • Munster Mag

    May 12, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #30

    Sadly i think Ashley sees the financial success of the club as being far far far more important than what heppens on the pitch. If we stay up and perform regularly as a poor to mediocre side , with lots of french player profits he’ll be happy as larry. Personally I think we can aspire to better.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    May 12, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #31

    geordie157

    Redmond, Maguire mate i completely forgot those players cheers mate.

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  • donkey

    May 12, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #32

    1 robson 2 keegan 3 hughton 4 alladyce the only ones worth listing the rest i would rather just forget lol

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  • catchy in norway

    May 12, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #33

    for me
    its SBR
    KK
    CH
    RH
    GR
    SA
    GS
    KD
    JK
    AP

    i put JK above AP simply because i think AP has had a younger better squad

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  • Offkey

    May 12, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #34

    geordie157 – Dalglish at 2 – he destroyed a great team and created a below average side, hate him.

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  • solano

    May 12, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #35

    JFA…good! Look, Listen and Act upon it! Self respect, if nowt else.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    May 12, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #36

    catchy in norway @33

    mate you beat me to it 😉

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  • Grantosuk

    May 12, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #37

    @Geordie157

    Ba’s career only started when he moved his Chelsea (his words). We wouldn’t want to end it so quickly would we? 😉

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  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    May 12, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #38

    Before Llambias came in

    Ashley spent money and did bring in a MANAGER, who actually qualifies as a manager

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 12, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #39

    donkey,
    mayby we needed to strengthen ……
    a betterer manerger might have told Ashley in no uncertain terms that the youngsters weren’t ready,but then again a betterer maneger might not have taken an eight year contract that stipulated the weekly spouting of company propaganda.

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  • magpie6699

    May 12, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #40

    catchy – what a surprise.
    In all honesty I cannot put a league table of managers without making some allowance for last season’s PL and this season’s Europe: Didn’t care for Dalglish but think we managed a Cup Final and a 2nd in the league if I’m not mistaken?
    So it goes:
    SBR
    KK
    CH
    KD
    AP
    GR
    SA
    GS
    JFK – a joke!

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