Alan Pardew Has One Season To Prove Himself

Newcastle gave out many signals over the last few weeks,  that Alan Pardew and his coaching staff, including the popular John Carver would not be fired, and sure enough, we learned yesterday that the management team will be kept in place for next season.

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Pardew and assistant Carver – one season to prove themselves

But after what was a terrible season in the Premier League, with excuses made from not enough players, too many injuries, and playing in the Europa league (that’s an excuse?) – we don’t think Alan will get many more chances.

And it will be vitally important for him and Newcastle to get off to a good start next season, because the last thing Mike Ashley (we’ll not even mention the fans) wants to see is Newcastle struggling against relegation again.

And it was really the final six games of the season – once we were eliminated form the Europa league and we were told things would be a lot easier – that caused Newcastle all kinds of grief.

We lost three successive games at home to Sunderland, Liverpool and Arsenal – by scores of 3-0, 6-0 and 1-0 respectively, and on the road we picked up draws at West Brom, West Ham and a narrow win at QPR.

So that was just 5 points from those final six games – but if we had done reasonably well – say 11 points from those six games – three wins and two draws and a defeat – which was not unreasonable with three games at home and a game at bottom of the league QPR – we would have finished with 47 points in 9th place.

After all in the nine games since they beat Sunderland 3-1, QPR lost seven and drew two – two points out of a possible 27.

So it was after the Europa League when we also had the five Frenchmen available and no games in mid-week where Newcastle – and Alan Pardew – failed badly,  and in that time we scored just 3 times in two of the games, and conceded 12. :(..

So Alan Pardew has dodged a bullet – but now he must perform next season, and convince a growing number of doubtful Newcastle fans that he’s the right man for the job.

We hope he succeeds, because we want Newcastle to succeed.

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200 comments so far

  • stuart no9

    May 24, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #1

    AP Has got 1 season to prove himself ! —- why has he got that long ??

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 24, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #2

    Having his nasal hairs removed with rusty pliers is too good for Ashley .

  • toon6toon

    May 24, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #3

    I want to Newcastle to actually play football instead of bloody hoofing the ball up the pitch.
    we are not stoke!

  • Newcastle Brown Alien

    May 24, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #4

    if we are 14th or below come december and par dew is still here i will be raging

  • stuart no9

    May 24, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #5

    the way i look at it now is— pardews got the job.
    Everyone , well not all- are going through a depressive state.If you can just imagine ,that come a monrh or earlier into the new season , we will be in the bottom 3.
    We stayed up through the skin of our teeth and IMO if there had of been another couple of games to play, we would have gone down, however , i dont think the terrible twins will stand for that again .Pardew is on his final warning, make no mistake about that , and ash will rue the day he gave pardew this 2nd chance.
    Ibelieve as soon as we enter that bottom 3 he will be history. I know it will be too late then to get a decent replacement , as good managers will be tied up with other clubs , but at least pards will be gone -and that gives us a chance to go forward , regardless who comes in. Next season is all about survival again.
    We arnt going to win the league- we arnt going to win a cup as pardew will be terrified of playing his seniors , as he will not want them to get injured in a cup game and miss league games.His mission is to stay up – at all costs and try to better 5th place, cups are a hindrance to pards , we shouldnt go for them – the same as europe , who the hell wants europe ? they only cast a dark cloud over our premier league status, so, no europe, no cups , just a year of doom and gloom , and struggle through as best we can, but “if” ash decides to oust or leader the firt time we enter the bottom 3 , we may finish mid table . A dream as far as pards is concerned


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    Comment #6

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    May 24, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #7

    Ian from previous thread:

    No, you get accused of being you when you pat your own back, write in the same style, and show your personas as having vendettas against those you don’t like, despite never having conversed with said persona.

    You’re sloppy.

    Also, Solano will never be accused of being you, he is much much smarter than you for that to ever be a confusion.

  • Geordie-Exile

    May 24, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #8

    We all have opinions on whom we would like playing for us but some throw names of players around like confetti at a wedding. Some of the suggestions are totally unrealistic.

    Ashley will not spend anymore than necessary to maintain his investment so the pressure will be on Pardew even more than last season. After the meeting in London he was told I am sure what the time frame is for success (league position) or he will be sacked. I think he will fail miserably unless he adopts (with the clubs assistance) a whole new concept of management. I have my doubts but I have been proved wrong before.

  • Munster Mag

    May 24, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #9

    Good point Stuart. I can see Pards holding some of the the seniors back in the FA Cup, to keep getting points in the league. That is NOT what NUFC fans want.

  • Le Belfast 007

    May 24, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #10

    Should be interesting to see how long this “stability” word gets used for, if we’re still garbage next season..

  • beefman13

    May 24, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #11

    A top european coach, is needed if we are continuing with Pardew simple as, carver n co are stuck in a rut, a fresh outlook has to be made completly, new ideas a complete overhaul, of our ciaching set up it is so srale ar rhis moment un time, we are getting out thought and outfought far to often as last seasons statistics verify, its got to have a good shaking.

  • southerngeordie

    May 24, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #12

    Agreed Stuart – in my eyes, this is simply a stay of execution. We’ll have to come out of the blocks like the clappers or the fans will be immediately on his back. I think even his biggest supporters will be wary if come November we’re hovering around 14th/ 15th place.

    The concern i have is if Ashley is to blind to see the situation for what it is now, how is her going to react when the trigger needs to be pulled and, more importantly, who is he going to bring in???

    Silver linning is Hughes looks like he’s off to Stoke so, that’s one off the sh*t list.

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    May 24, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #13

    Any way, on topic. I don’t know if Pardew will see the end of next season. Ashley seemingly has little ambition for the club, as demonstrated by the fact Pardew’s job was never in any danger apparently.

    So, it would take something pretty serious to go wrong for Pardew to be sacked it would appear (i.e another relegation battle) and I really can’t see that happening again, he will probably keep us in and around the top 10 and while that might be good enough for Ashley, it’s not good enough for me.

    I do think he could be here for the foreseeable…

  • southerngeordie

    May 24, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #14

    Pardew’s first excuse of the season: “Well we’re given a tough set of opening fixtures.”

  • southerngeordie

    May 24, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #15

    Owning a football club is like running a restaurent.

    Some are prepared to employee the best chefs, serving up steak and lobster. Some are content with a greasy spoon dishing up sh*t sandwiches.

    Under Ashley unfortunately, the menu aint going to be changing any time soon.

    For most fans including me, it’s a tough one to swallow.

  • Geordie-Exile

    May 24, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #16

    Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    I think that Pardew is walking on eggshells to be honest. Come November if we are out of the cups or our league position is dire he will go. What worries me more is the replacement Ashley brings in.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 24, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #17

    Lucky Pardew the WC is looming.
    My dog’s dick could coach us to a top ten spot next season.

  • TimKrulFan

    May 24, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #18

    Wonder what the excuses will be next season?

  • Toonfan8

    May 24, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #19

    I want to see offer for Lukaku or Carrol…and we also need someone like PEA,Sinclair…hold Collocini,Cabaye,HBA,Santon….then we can be good enough…also use more Anita, he is a vital player, always running, very clever small player…
    Ben Arfa, Lukaku, PEA
    Thats 28 players, more than enough…covering every position…rotating players in 11 can be Saylor,Haidara,Tiote,Marveaux,Gouffran,Cisse,Jonas,Vuckic…

  • JackButler

    May 24, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #20

    ‘Alan Pardew Has One Season To Prove Himself’

    Great headline…………he’s had his entire career to prove himself and has failed…………..can’t see one more year making any difference

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    May 24, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #21


    I’m not sure, if he’s in the bottom 3 or bottom 5 by then, perhaps, but I imagine we’ll be sitting around mid-table, playing negative football, infuriating the fans, yet satisfying the owner, who is content as long as we’re in the PL.

    Mediocrity lies ahead, in my opinion.

  • Assam Toon

    May 24, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #22

    pardew is not much of a game changer, no injuries or poor form and he will do fine just by trying not to be stupid. but he is not your against the odds guy, we already saw that.

    in a mid season managerial change we will only have the rejected items. Unless we snatch someone else’s manager. I don’t even remember when we did that. Can anyone tell?

  • ToonDarnSarf

    May 24, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #23

    Well said Ed. Let’s get behind Pardew now.

    If we’re struggling in December, then he’ll know himself that he has to go. Get someone new on board to try and refresh things in the January transfer window.

    It’s simple really. But let’s stop the protests now, there’s no point!

  • stuart no9

    May 24, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #24

    how is her going to react when the trigger needs to be pulled and, more importantly, who is he going to bring in???

    will ash pull the trigger ? i dont know , who does ? however if he dosnt , i think THAT will be the answer to most peoples question – is he ambitious ? i dont think he is , as he has done nowt to justify that . ok he spent a few bob in jan , but would you call that ambitious? or just a panic spend as he could see himself losing about 70M if we wnt down. – i would say the latter.
    As long as we are doing “just enough” to stay up , maybe mid table , to look a bit respectable .

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    May 24, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #25

    Bar a few eccentrics, the vast majority of NUFC fans would support the team even if a monkey sporting dungarees was the manager.

    As far as I’m concerned, I will always support the team, regardless of the manager, but I don’t think I’ve been this frustrated at our management since the heady days of Souness. It’s that bad.

  • Canadian Magpie

    May 24, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #26

    As much as I have been so up and down on Pardew all season, I think now the supporters must realize that for the forseeable future he is the man in the job. No point moping around like Chelsea “fans” waiting for a change that will not happen. The best we can do now is get behind the lads and try and push them up the table with our support. Its all hands on deck now.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    May 24, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #27


    I almost agree with you…but the managerial situation was much when we lurched from Allardyce to Keegan to Kinnear and then Shearer!

    Sure Hughton was decent for us, in that he did his job, but there was obviously an issue there regarding the long term vision.

  • Ultra Mag-ness

    May 24, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #28

    Pardew will have a job if or when we lose to the Mackems and are in the bottom half of the table. This means that we’ll have wasted any transfer monies spent and the preparation time over the course of the summer.

    I believe Pardew has kept his job because of the lack of understanding of running a club challenging on more than one front that Ashley and Lambias have. However, Pardew and Carr and Carver (all footballing people) should have installed this into them and forced them to reconsider.

    Everything last season seemed to be a knee jerk reaction after not preparing well enough – Anita the only real signing because we missed out on signing Debuchy – to only not really play that much, no striker but we knew we could lose Ba at any moment (and we did), lost 4 or 5 players in the summer (Smith, Lovenkrands, Best etc) but took until January to replace them even though we had 33% more games.

    Yes Pardew has got the Tactics wrong many a time throughout the course of the season but with such a small limited squad where a lot of the players aren’t good enough or wasn reduced through injury meant the tactics probably had to go the way they did.

    If we start buying players rather than trying to haggle the price down like we did with Debuchy then these players would have been here earlier and we would have finished higher (maybe not 5th like last year) but higher nonethe less – our PL moines were down by £8.8m – finishing one or two places higher would have got usthe extra £1m we didn’t want to pay for Debuchy. Spending the Ba money on Remy or PEA at the start of the season before other clubs became interested could have got us another few million to help repay the transfer fees.

    The Management need to have a serious conversation early and do a proper assessment of who adds value to the team, who can do a job but is likely to be on the periphery for the majority of the season and who is expendable (for me it would be (Simpson if not already leaving) Gosling, Obertan, Jonas to name three but there are more). I feel that there are a few that need to re-capture form or be shipped out next year (Tiote and Taylor). It then needs to be established what positions there are now gaps in and identify two players per gap to fill the void and then persue the number one target immediately and seriously – if the clubs only want £1m more than we want to pay then we pay it so that we can get them in early and prepare them properly over the summer – Fulham have signed two players already given them plenty of time to acclimatise

    If we do this then we will reap the benefits and if we don’t I fear that we will struggle massively next season – our players will want to play well with this being a World Cup season but so will every other player that wants to play so unless we are on top form we’ll have little success

  • Geordie-Exile

    May 24, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #29

    Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    With the amount of revenue now in the EPL I will be suprised if Ashley allows Pardew any leaway, whatsoever! Ashley is motivated by money and the only way he will be able to sell the club in the future and recoup his investment is by being in the EPL. He did not become wealthy by being dumb and I am sure he will be quite ruthless should the bottom line be threatened. I am also of the opinion that Ashley hated the style of negative football played last season as we all did and therefore maybe, a new coaching system is in the pipeline.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    May 24, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #30

    Come on…the only managers who have done a really good job for us in the PL are Keegan (1st time) and Robson. Hughton and Roeder did pretty well too, but not spectacular.

    So what makes people think we’d get a better manager than Pardew? Keegan was a one-off and Robson was one of the best managers around.

  • Mister Tuff

    May 24, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #31

    I see that Sky are doing a story on Samuel Eto advising Aubameyang to go to Anzhi. Anzhi might be a good destination for those who have more interest in money as opposed to those who want to establish themselves in high level football first.
    If any of you are not aware the French Ligue 1 terminates on Sunday. St. Etienne are currently fourth on 62 points with Lille one point behind on 61 points. St. Etiennes’ final game is against Lille. So looks like it should be a good game with as lot to play for. (both teams could be overtaken by Nice if the game is a draw) Will the result be a factor in what Aubameyang decides to do in that if St Etienne win he’ll be playing CL football next
    season – if he stays.
    So will the Toon follow up their January bid -might cost us a bit more as Aubameyang has been on fire the second half of the season. This lad is a tremendous player -the real deal. Getting a player of this quality in would hopefully send out a positive signal to other possible recruits. Here’s hoping.

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    May 24, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #32


    I agree, he’d bite the bullet if we were fighting relegation, but I do believe we’ll get a few players in the summer, we won’t suffer the same injuries as we had this season and Pardew will prop us up in around 10th/11th which is not good enough for us, but will be good enough for Ashley, which will mean he’ll be safe in his job.


    Why should we accept mediocrity in terms of management? Why should we accept going from mediocre manager to mediocre manager, given the size of the club we are?

    Don’t we deserve more?

  • stuart no9

    May 24, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #33

    TDS —So what makes people think we’d get a better manager than Pardew? Keegan was a one-off and Robson was one of the best managers around.
    Youve already named 4 off the top of your head. -there are a lot more managers better than pardew .!

  • perchy4england

    May 24, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #34

    lads can anyone tell me if pardew is on radio newcastle tonight?

  • Geordie-Exile

    May 24, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #35

    Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    I am of the opinion that Ashley will sell the club at sometime in the future as he is in business to make a profit. He is I believe motivated by greed. The better the league position and the quality of players we have will dictate the amount that he will recoup. He has given Pardew enough rope to hang himself but he will not allow him to jepoardise his master plan.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    May 24, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #36

    Ruddy – we’d like to think so, but from a potential manager’s perspective where do you think we rank as a club? Utd, City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs and Liverpool are all better choices for them in the UK. When you consider top (champions league) teams in Italy, France, Spain, Germany and the rest, we’re quite a long way down the pecking order!

    We need to get real. We’re not going to attract a top manager here unless we have some serious money to spend or until we’re a team regularly competing for the CL. Until that point we need an up and coming manager who can learn and improve into being a top manager.

  • catchy in norway

    May 24, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #37

    the last games where the result of a poor season

    its these game that killed it,,

    nothing todo with tiredness or europe, just poor tactics

    3 02.09.2012 Aston Villa home D1-1
    6 29.09.2012 Reading away D2-2
    8 21.10.2012 Sunderland away D1-1
    11 11.11.2012 West Ham United home L0-1
    12 17.11.2012 Swansea City home L1-2
    13 25.11.2012 Southampton away L0-2
    14 28.11.2012 Stoke City away L1-2

    all against teams around us at the bottom,, first 14 prem matches, defensive tacics in all of them

    what a sad man

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    May 24, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #38

    I just cannot fathom the argument that we should stick with Pardew purely on the basis that there aren’t any better managers.

    I’m assuming that these people are talking purely on the basis that there aren’t many managers with the same PL experience. Fair enough, but PL experience doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a good manager, in terms of your playing style and intent in which you play the game.

    In fact, an English manager, with bags of PL experience who refuses to adapt to the modern game can actually be more of a hindrance than a help.

    Continental modern managers have a fresher approach to how the game should be played, they have a more attacking intent as to how the game should be played, so surely, despite these managers not having the same PL experience should be considered as “better” as they adapt to how the modern game has evolved and aren’t stuck in the doldrums of the past?

    I have more appreciation for those who say “we should stick with Pardew purely on the basis that I am scared of who Ashley would appoint in his place.” I don’t trust Ashley any more so I wouldn’t trust who he would replace Pardew with either, but please, let’s not say that there aren’t better managers out there who would be willing to jump at the chance of managing NUFC.

  • catchy in norway

    May 24, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #39

    stuart no9

    most managers are better than pardew,, even JFK

  • t00ntime

    May 24, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #40

    Some of the names people are throwin up are crazy.
    Bony wants CL, so not us.
    Lukaku plays for chelsea, they wont let him go best we can hope for is a loan, which we dont do.

    We finished around the bottom and dont offer high wages we have to lower our expectation. Even Aub/remy seem farfetched now (rumours that spurs want remy if he is freed)

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