Alan Pardew – It Was The Europa League’s Fault


Alan Pardew has been interviewed in the Evening Chronicle today,  and Alan is saying we would have been much stronger but for the Europa League last season – but I thought our aim is to be in Europe every season?

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Alan Pardew – it was the Europa’s League’s fault

This is what Alan said today in the local press:

“We need to strengthen. Even with our best team out I think we would have finished below Liverpool.” “And we want to threaten them – so we need to improve.”

“It is a difficult league. We could have finished in the top 11.” “If you’d have said that at the start of the season, and getting to the last eight of the Europa League, you’d have said it was OK.”

“It is just the way we got there was unsavoury, and some of the performances.” “I genuinely think that without the Europa League our performances will be a lot stronger.”

But we didn’t finish in the top 11 – we finished 16th – so that’s why we didn’t do OK last season, in fact we did terrible in the Premier League.

It’s also a rather strange circular argument to say we’ll be better in the league next year, because we will not be in Europe.

If we want to become a top club we have to be in Europe every season,  just like the top clubs in England are, and we have to be able to negotiate two games a week.

The problem with the Europa League is that it’s draining with so many games, and there’s very little money in it – it’s the Champions League where the big bucks and the glory lies.

But to say we didn’t do well last season, because we did so well the season before and qualified for Europe – which is really what’s being said in a roundabout way  – is a little disingenuous.

We need to think a lot bigger, and fix the problems today about what went so terribly wrong in the Premier League last season.

The meeting today in Newcastle with Mike Ashley will cover all the points about what went wrong,  and then an action plan needs to come out about what Newcastle are going to do about it – including who are transfer targets will be this summer – so we can improve the squad.

What do you think?

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315 comments so far

  • Newcastle Brown Alien

    May 22, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #1

    I HATE YOU!!!!

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  • John Tudor

    May 22, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #2

    pardew turning up to work was to blame dipsh1t

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 22, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #3

    Either

    Pardew gets fired today

    or

    Gets fired at Tomorrow by me

    Don’t worry only by a marble 😮

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 22, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #4

    We could have finished in the top 11.” “If you’d have said that at the start of the season, and getting to the last eight of the Europa League, you’d have said it was OK.”

    What is up with this loud mouth, does he do press conferences Everyday?

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  • Spotlight Kid

    May 22, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #5

    NUFC PRESS RELEASE:

    Those journalists imprisoned in the bowels of St James’ Park under special executive measures following the printing of seditious material harmful to the regime of His Supreme Highness General Ashley and his prime minister Sr. Alan P. Pardew will be released in return for assurances that there shall be no re-occurrence of such allegations; on pain of permanent exile.

    MESSAGE ENDS

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  • JTOONJ

    May 22, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #6

    He gets asked these questions and gives his honest answer! He doesn’t just spew this stuff out cause he feels like it

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  • outsidethebox

    May 22, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #7

    meeting will be about alan p being given assurances money will be available to improve squad …as contracts start july dont expect any movement in transfer mkt till then …guessing Cheikh M’Bengue in franco de santo in and one top striker ..

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 22, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #8

    Torq,
    Morning. Yeah, Sage mentioned that he had heard one was scheduled for 6 tonight. Personally, I can’t see why one would be scheduled to say Pardew was keeping his job. Hoshley not to sack him, in which case thee Ashley not to sack him, in which case the press release may be cancelled.

    For me, Girard seems more likely. Budget friendly, history of working with youngsters and developing players. He spoke a few weeks ago (when we were still under threat of relegation), when he was rumoured to be in talks with a club, that he was willing to take on a top championship club as well. IMO, he was pointing at us. I imagine Carr has good contacts with him, and Carr is Ashley’s main man when it comes to football.

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  • Tsunki

    May 22, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #9

    Well, Alan, here’s another theory. Being in the Europa league may have been the reason why we stayed up. It allowed some of our ‘fringe’ and ‘breakthrough’ players who ended up stepping up to first team in the Prem games to get up to speed a lot more quickly than a few runouts on snowy wednesday nights in the Reserve league.

    I would also point out that the better teams in the league are generally ones who end the season with silverware and decent cup runs in multiple competitions.

    The only way we could look at the ‘Europa cup ruined my job prospect’ idea of yours is from the perspective of fitness. We didnt have enough of it. Revamp the coaching staff at least mate. I am going to have to hide behind this bin lid for a minute….. PDC has the right idea on how to approach professionalism and training – although he’s a bit of a dictator, I think his heart regarding professional conduct is good.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    May 22, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #10

    He’s not good enough to handle Europe and league.

    We are Newcastle United. Not Southampton. We are one richest club in the world and had good strength in depth from January. Yet we barely picked up points.

    His rubbish football and defending one goal leads was the cause. He’s clearly not good enough to manage us.

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  • Scottiedog

    May 22, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #11

    Mmmmmm………..

    Chelsea seemed to manage ok!!!!!!!

    Please MA, please sack him!!!!!!!!!

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  • Jamseyd24

    May 22, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #12

    Liverpool,Spurs,Chelsea all played on Thursday nights and they all finished pretty well. Also they played more cup games than us, i dont hear their managers complaining about Europe.

    The man is a clown Pls Pls get rid of him

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  • martoon

    May 22, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #13

    Indian – I believe Pardew is obliged to to do a certain amount of interviews a week with BBC, Sky, Chronicle etc. Also I suspect he does one interview with the Chronicle but they release quotes in dribs & drabs so it gives them something to write about for the whole week.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 22, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #14

    Ilovetoon

    Actually, Southampton are one of the richest clubs in the world. Aha.

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  • one Tony Green

    May 22, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #15

    Ed do we really need to do this agin today. We all know that Pardew needs to keep his clacker shut and that he is tactically inept so lets just move on. He is not getting sacked.

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  • toonbrother

    May 22, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #16

    This man has no shame.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    May 22, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #17

    @tds

    I forgot to add. One of the most passionate fan base on the planet.

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  • TorqToon

    May 22, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #18

    Scottie – I can see what you are saying! And I’m sure you arent comparing the two squads in the same breath! 🙂

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  • sparky55

    May 22, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #19

    don’t start me off!

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  • toonbrother

    May 22, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #20

    On another note Carroll would only cost 11.5 million.

    10 million to sack Pardumb
    5 million for Ogbonna/Oboabona
    11.5 million to buy Andrew Carroll

    We’ll be fine

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  • one Tony Green

    May 22, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #21

    6PM tonight Andy Carroll unveiled. He is back up here apparently.

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  • Munster Mag

    May 22, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #22

    Despite what the dim witted Pardewites will tell you, we wont be all that good next season. No substantial progress wil be made with thois useless coach. Thing is does Ashkey want Europe , and at what cost? I think he’s happy enough to be lower than mid table once we are safe. That way, he doesnt have to buy many players, shouldnt face relegation threat ( fret ) , and keeps the SD flag flying. If we dont want to compete for Europe, then I think there is one conclusion. NUFC have no real ambition. This is a sad realisation. Billson , didnt you say Ashley was a great owner? I cant see it , not in ambition terms, which has to be the driving force behind what we do, surely??

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  • toon6toon

    May 22, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #23

    Is it me or when ever pardew comes under pressure he blames everything else but himself
    his tactics have been wrong all year and when the team is under pressure he has not back up plan to change it.

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  • AaranD

    May 22, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #24

    Really need to take a long look at our attacking options and the way we want to approach it next season. Cisse doesn’t fit into a hoof ball team nor does he suit a very technical team. He’s a poacher.

    This season its looked as if Cisse needs it on a plate to score ( not including the worldys he’s scored!) , and that’s fair enough if he’s putting them away. Because other than that he’s not much more than someone who can nick a late goal, he doesn’t have that dynamic pace or skill to beat players and his link up play is mediocre at best.

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  • stuart no9

    May 22, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #25

    ” we could have finished in the top 11″
    what the f”ck does that mean ? in means we finished in the bottom 9. ” if we had of finished in the top 11 and last eight ,in europa that would have been ok ” but we didnt finish in the top 11 , we fimished 5th bottom . This is the most stupid yet from pardew , it dodnt get any more ridiculous. T he man is mad , his head is shot, if he believes that .He is now trying to justify 5 th bottom, the same as he has been trying to justify the performences all season. this is why more and more people are starting yo hate him . Ashley is a mug if he keeps him after this disgraceful comment

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  • wynsleap

    May 22, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #26

    If Europe is not wanted as it interferes with our season and the domestic cups are a pointless distraction, what the Hell are we all here for?
    Answers on a postcard please.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 22, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #27

    I don’t remember AVB blaming the EL?

    …will be interesting to see if Laudrup will blame the EL as well (I am pretty sure he will a squad of 23 is enough to cope with the EL though)

    Excuses gets you nowhere Pardew, trust me!

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  • stuart no9

    May 22, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #28

    IF ASHLEY WANTS EUROPE, HE HAS TO SACK PARDEW TODAY.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 22, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #29

    I have to say, all managers make excuses. Someone posted quotes from all sorts of managers the other day and they all blame Europe, pressure, injuries, fatigue, and the alignment of the stars.

    It’s simply the fact that you don’t read 100 quotes a day from them, because Ed doesn’t rehash the same stories about other clubs every few hours.

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  • Bite Eat 11 + 4 - 5 + 15

    May 22, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #30

    Does anyone else explicitly remember Alan Pardew claiming he wouldn’t let our Europa League campaign affect our PL one?
    He mentioned Stoke as an example of how they played an entire second string 11 to try and preserve their PL form.

    Why didn’t we just play the kids, bow out gracefully and concentrate on getting as high as we could?

    Also say what you want but the quarter finals isn’t that much of an achievement.

    We beat Anzhi who were in truth the only half decent side.

    Bordeaux were alright as were Metalist but nothing special.

    It’s like getting to the semi final of the FA cup beating West Brom and Fulham along the way.

    Just another illusion given to the masses to claim that we had a good season.

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  • martoon

    May 22, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #31

    one Tony Green – I would have thought unveiling a new player today would be unlikely with all the other matters to be discussed. – Great name by the way I loved Tony Green 🙂

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 22, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #32

    A NUFC player’s Inner voice

    As a kid all i wanted to do was play football, Now pardew tells me that i am tired

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 22, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #33

    This guy is unbelievable.

    Getting into Europe is the goal!
    The fact we struggled in the EPL is due to bad squad management and lack of motivation.
    Telling your players they are tired isn’t a good idea.

    I hate this idiot, hope he goes today.
    If he can only plan an EPL campaign with one game a week then he’s the wrong man for NUFC, because we want two games a week, with both cup runs and Europe.

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  • Bite Eat 11 + 4 - 5 + 15

    May 22, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #34

    Down south

    Leadership is about taking responsibility not making excuses.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 22, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #35

    Beattie

    I didn’t say anything to the contrary. Just pointing out that most managers are just as bad.

    Someone the other day claimed that Martinez never makes excuses – interestingly I watched an interview where he blamed relegation almost entirely on injuries.

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  • Bite Eat 11 + 4 - 5 + 15

    May 22, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #36

    Some people see the glass as being half full, some see it as being half empty.

    I want to know why Pardew has served us half a glass of water in the first place.

    He can blame all the things he wants on why the contents of the glass are half what it should be but he is charge of the glass and so it is his responsibility.

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 22, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #37

    Chelsea fans would have been overjoyed with games after games

    Next year when we get knocked out of domestic cups Pardew will love it when there is 1 game in a fortnight.

    He then might be organising closed door friendlies

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  • Bite Eat 11 + 4 - 5 + 15

    May 22, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #38

    Down south

    All managers make excuses, some are valid and some are not.

    Some of Pardews are valid but I think we all know this is not him finding excuses for the team, it’s finding excuses for himself.

    That’s the major difference to me.

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  • geordie157

    May 22, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #39

    I said 10mill tops for Carroll, but I think now its time to bring him back and for 15mill I still think its worth it. It adds a player to the side who will give his all for the team, he adds power and height, we might score from corners again!!

    But as part of him coming back we need to sign a Siem De Jong type who can play just off of Carroll in the Nolan role. Ben Arfa and Wijnaldum out wide. Sissoko and Cabs in the middle sorted.

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  • cyprus

    May 22, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #40

    My concern is, does he actually have a plan for next year? Has he figured out why we NEVER score in set plays? Has he figured out the round pegs square holes thing? Why are we so disjointed? Why are we so slow to counter? Why do we get so few scoring opportunities?

    Seriously, his best punishment (by MA) would be to hand him DVD’s of all our games, and make him watch them in a couple of sittings! Of course Amnesty International would then be on MA’s case for implementing cruel and unusual punishment.

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