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Two Reasons Why Pardew Is A Unique Newcastle Manager

9:18 am, Saturday, May 18th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 31 Comments

Since January of 1997 Newcastle have had 12 managers – Kevin Keegan, Kenny Dalglish, Ruud Gullit, Bobby Robson, Graeme Souness, Glenn Roeder, Sam Allardyce, Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Alan Shearer, Chris Hughton and Alan Pardew – in that order.

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Alan Pardew – longest serving manager for 9 years

So 12 managers in 16 years makes it very difficult for Newcastle to build up a good side, and in fact it was only in Bobby Robson;s reign of five years that Newcastle have been successful since Kevin Keegan left for the first time in January of 1997 after  five magical years at Newcastle..

The problem is when a new manager comes in, they have a different style of playing and want different types of players,   so there is always the churn of players leaving and coming – and it’s hard to have a successful side when you keep changing managers – and Newcastle have proved that.

Alan Pardew has been at the club for about 29 months, since he joined in December of 2010, and he’s now the longest serving manager since Bobby Robson was fired in August of 2004.

If Alan Pardew is indeed to stay at Newcastle this summer, the other reason he will be a unique manager at Newcastle is that since January of 1997, he will be the first manager not fired after having a poor season.

Newcastle have struggled in the league, and fighting relegation again, although we did get back into Europe for the first time since 2006, and the first time since Mike Ashley has owned the club since the summer of 2007.

Manager churn never did any club any good, and we did expect Pardew to stay at the helm of Newcastle, but whether there will be a formal announcement about that at some time after Sunday’s game we don’t know.

Since Mike Ashley visited the training grounds yesterday we expect he had a quiet word with the manager saying that his job was safe.

So we may have to wait a while for our 13th manager since Kevin Keegan ended one of the most successful reigns of any manager at Newcastle.

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31 responses so far ↓

  • 1 TimKrulFan // May 18, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Please just sack him in 29 months we haven’t dominated a game and only scored 4 once and that was a draw!

  • 2 Hatem's better than Messi // May 18, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Well that’s me off to the docs for more anti-depressants … cheers Ed.

  • 3 TimKrulFan // May 18, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    He will never drop Jonas 7 more years!!!!

  • 4 SupaToonKid // May 18, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    There’s nothing unique about Pardew or his management. He’s just sh*t!

  • 5 TimKrulFan // May 18, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Next season we will be fighting relagation are players will leave and we will miss what could have Been a great Era.

  • 6 Hatem's better than Messi // May 18, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Rafa Benitez, Rafa Benitez …

  • 7 TimKrulFan // May 18, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    6-0 at home to Liverpool sack him now!!

  • 8 Laurent Robert 32 // May 18, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    You can have a 10 year old child as manager and cry stability is what is needed. Yet, like that 10 year old, Pardew has done nothing in his career to show he can even consistently stay away from the relegation zone, never mind challenge for honours. Instant fail.

    The fact that said he’s pleased we’re not in Europe next season is an utter disgrace. If you want to play at the top level, be expected to play a lot more games, similar to what Mr. Laudrup said. Even then, there’s all the International competitions in between the seasons.

    It is standard if you are a good and successful player. Pardews excuses are an insult to players and fans alike.

    He isn’t used to playing or managing at that level.

  • 9 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // May 18, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Ibiza…thinking about Ruddy and Ian being the same poster just gave me flashback of no other than Hank and Charlie in the Farrelly Brother movie “Me, Myself & Irene” ;) lol

    …so did you find out if the game was tomorrow?

  • 10 Ginger // May 18, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Well, it looks like old Alan Pardew is staying. Since he is, I think we need to adress these following things or we’re just going to get into deeper sh*t:

    1. Fix set pieces, doing the same thing over and over again is simply moronic.

    2. Find a formation that is fluid and will work with our players. Don’t pretend we’re using 4-3-3 then go into 4-4-2 two minutes into the match.

    3. Drop players that aren’t in form. What’s the point off having a big squad if you’re not going to rotate the players when they do bad? Cough cough GUTTIEREZ cough cough.

    4. Use your substitutions more wisely. If we’re losing one nill, don’t swap a CDM for a CAM… It’s moronic to say the least.

    5. Either fire John Carver or focus more on attacking. We look unimaginative going forward, so if it’s true that Pardew does defensive work four times a week… Stuff him. Let John Carver experiment with them. If not, sack John Carver.

    6. Don’t buy English players unless there young or a good value for money. I do not want to see terrible English players in here just because there English.

    7. Loan youngsters out if you’re not going to use them. There’s no point keeping them here as they’ll gain nothing.

    8. Focus more on the cups. We have a rather good squad, so give those who don’t get much of a chance in the cup games. But still field a strong side.

    9. Don’t hold onto one goal leads, I think it has worked once or twice this season other then that Pardew has cost us many points. I wonder were we would be if he continued attacking.

    10. Sack the medical team. What the heck actually goes on in there? Do they get tortured? Far too many injuries.

    11. Stop making up excuses. Learn to take the blame for once.

    12. Utilize attacking players more. Marveux should play as many games as possible, he is one hell of a talent and hopefully we’ll get to see that next season.

    13. Play players in their right position.

    14. Clear out the dead wood.

    15. Invest in positions we actually need, for example wingers. There’s no point in signing another fifty CDM’s just to play them on the wing anyway.

    That’s all I can think of this early morning.

  • 11 Indian Magpie // May 18, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    People talk about how this Utter rubbish manager got us 5th, but since then he has only talked about finishing top 10

  • 12 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // May 18, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    When we count the managers we have had why do we always count the interim managers or those who just sheer the ship for a very short time unti other arrangement is made?

    …I never really counted Shearer as a former manager for us (would like to one day)

    ..and I don’t know what to call JFK (I think MA had a stroke or something doing that that periode) I will call that MA’s Grey periode!

  • 13 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // May 18, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Jesper… :)

    Yes, the game is tomorrow. You need to have faith in me more often, perhaps I need to have faith in me more often…

    Ginger…Reasonable points. Whilst I don’t hold Pardew responsible for all of our woes this season, I do expect him to address all of those areas and seek help where needed to bring improvement.

  • 14 hazzy // May 18, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Although I am by no means a fan of Pardew or his style of football (In fact I have been calling for his head for months), I do think we should give him another chance and put this season down to bad luck. If we look at the Prem Table were only 7 points off 8th position and if someone can honestly say we would not have got another 7 points if our team had not been decimated then I would have to disagree.
    Our squad right now is more than enough for the Prem and two cups next season maybe need another Striker and replace anyone who leaves. I am confident we’ll challenge top 6 and with a good run maybe top 4 again.

  • 15 sparky55 // May 18, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    yep…he’s certainly unique all right …how many managers do you know that could have his squad strengthened in January by 5 french players, 4 of which have international experience and still finish the season playing the worst football ever seen at newcastle and only survive because Wigan got side tracked by winning the FA cup.

    …and how many managers could coach these 5 fine players to a standstill in just 4 months

    and how many managers could finish 5th one year and fifth bottom the next after significantly strengthening the squad.

    and how many newcastle managers have lost 3-0 to the mackems at home

    and how many managers have finished the season with a -22 goal difference and not been relegated.

    and how many managers would play a 433 system one year getting to 5th in the league then change that winning formula to a 451 hoofball system the very next season without a big daft No 9 at the top of the tree.

    yep…he’s unique all right!

  • 16 spitfire_ // May 18, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    I read the title and I’m almost vomit…

  • 17 The Guru Munro // May 18, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Pardew is unique:

    Most goals conceded in a PL season for NUFC
    Most long balls in a PL season for NUFC
    Biggest home defeat in a PL season for NUFC
    Biggest home derby defeat in a PL season for NUFC
    Loss against Arsenal will mean the most losses ever in a PL season for NUFC
    Worst run of form over a 10 game period in the PL for NUFC ever
    No goals scored from a corner which again is the worst on a PL season ever for NUFC
    Statistically the worst manager to have 50+ games in charge of NUFC in the PL

    There are many more unique facts and stats.

  • 18 toon22 // May 18, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    No there are loads of managers just as rubbish.
    To the people who want to back AP what exactly is there argument?
    Ive not seen any glimmer or hope in how the team has played all season,not one.

  • 19 beefman13 // May 18, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Pardew talking about a top ten finish next season? We have gone back to the season we came back up from promotion, we are back at that sort of stage. Would i be happy with that???? Tenth place equels a win loose and draw season, to be honest is thar great, probably not, what ya gonna do!

  • 20 Whoarya.com // May 18, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Ashley is a successful business billionaire so if Pardiola stays its the right thing to do.

    Things can only get better with stability on a constant learning curve so unless the lunatics start running the asylum in our Messiah we must trust

  • 21 Indian Magpie // May 18, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Ha ha

    another year of non scoring corners

  • 22 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // May 18, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    It is not the end of the world for me if Pardew stays (I like the guy – despise his brand of football though)!

    …but it certain areas are addressed and we change our setup so Pardew can bring in the players he wants that fit into his 4-5-1 (and Pardew stop calling it 4-3-3) then maybe we’ll have a better season to come (it will never be entertaining)

    *I have excepted that sadly :( But we need to stop kidding yourself – it’s not healthy!

  • 23 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // May 18, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Looking at the Title of the Post ! And looking at the contents of the piece Ed !

    Where are the two Reasons why Pardew is Unique?

    I could spend time on here coming up with reasons to substantiate the title of the piece but it would not achieve any thing by doing that?
    A lot, just freaking hate the guy and want him to Leave, if thats the solution to our problem? I don,t know!

  • 24 Krul to be Kind // May 18, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    This shit is just getting boring now, sick of seeing the Pardew in/out shake it all about arguments… has no one else noticed there is 11 players on the pitch and more importantly this weekend marks the final appearance of one of the clubs greatest and loyal, modern day servants.

    I personally wouldn’t be too disappointed if he gets the boot, I would be slightly frustrated if he stays, but in essence I am willing to give him another chance for fear of who his replacement would actually be!

    This is not a defeatist attitude, I SUPPORT NUFC not the management, not the board but the black and white stripes that represent this great club for all it’s history, it’s up’s and down’s no matter what division they play.

    Some of the fractured relations between bloggers and name calling is putting a lot of longer term bloggers from posting… as for some of the disrespect being shown to Ed and the great job he does… you know were your URL tab is… use it and fcuk right off!

    rant over, peace out!

  • 25 Toondog2 // May 18, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Ginger@10

    Well said
    However I doubt Pard de Clue will change anything Ithink he is out of his depth in the EPL
    So another season of frustration with same old same old etc etc

  • 26 pbandj // May 18, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    I’m pretty sure that Pardews job is safe unless the players have their own meeting with Ashley,,,
    Ashley is a business man and wants the right man to safeguard his investment and based on the way Ashley has set up the organization then Pardew is his man. It has become quite clear that NUFC purchasing strategy has nothing to do with Pardew. I very much doubt Pardew has any say on a player Newcastle buys. The scouting team (Carr) does it all. If Ashley was forced to bring in a new manager this might change. A manager like Benitez would require to have final say on all players bought and thats not the Ashley way.

    By setting up the business this way Ashley knows that letting Pardew stay will cost him nothing. He won’t be able to influence transfers this summer and he can twiddle his tumbs… Should Pardew fail to start the season well after say 10 games Mike can bring in a new manager with ease. Because a mid season manager is not always as keen to influence transfers most of them are glad to have a job…

    So sadly I think we will see pardew steer the ship for at least a good 10-15 games of the next season..

  • 27 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // May 18, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Krul…great post mate!

    …it is one of the reasons why I haven’t been that active on the blog these past 5 month.

    But truth to be told some of the regulars that was a thown in my side is not posting that much either some to some extend it is much nicer to be here when ever I get the time to post ;-)

    Long my it last !

  • 28 matias // May 18, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Time to put the Pardew witchunt to bed for now and try to support the team for change. He will be out by the end of the year if we`ll be in the bottom five, trust me. With some squad enforcements we may very well see better results and better style of football come autumn.

  • 29 El Sleeve // May 18, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Ginger, absolutely spot on. all of these points need adressing and they are all down to pardew.

    i wonder when we will all stop making excuses for pards and actully get a decent manager, its about time

  • 30 sean667 // May 18, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Haha ed you have just given half the bloggers a stroke lmfao

  • 31 Korean Magpie // May 18, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Ed…Please stop this nonsense..I’m beginning to wonder if Pardew’s paid you to write these things




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