Pardew – I’ll Definitely Be A Better Manager After Last Season

There’s an old adage that when you go through severe hardships in life – if it doesn’t kill you – it makes you stronger.

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Alan Pardew – I’ll be better after last season

And since Alan Pardew has survived in his job of Newcastle manager for next season, he should become a much better manager for his tough experiences of this last season.

Newcastle went through our second worst Premier League seasons ever, and just avoided relegation – even though we were 5th top last year. 🙁

This is what Alan had to say in an exclusive interview with nufcTV today:

“I’ve come under pressure this year and I think that’s only going to be right, in terms of the results we’ve had,”

“I’ve tried to handle it in a dignified way but I’ll definitely be a better manager for it.” “I’ve tried to speak to fans when I’ve seen them in the street and give them as good an answer as I can give.”

“But the bottom line is we haven’t been good enough.” “The most important thing is that you mature as a manager. You try to be consistent with your message to the players and to the fans, and I’ve tried to be that.”

“It was important that we didn’t get carried away when we did well last year and not get carried away this year when things have gone not so well.”

“It’s about putting mistakes right when you make them, and learning from those mistakes.” “We have made mistakes at every level of this football club, and we now have to react and get the response we need to take us forward and make sure the mistakes are corrected.”

Alan has a lot to prove to Newcastle fans next season with 63% in our poll thinking he should have been fired by Mike Ashley after the season we’ve just gone through. It was very difficult for fans – so say the very least.

And that’s especially when we thought we were building a good side after least season’s great finish.

So Alan has now had two compete seasons on Tyneside – one was very good and one was very bad.

The Londoner will have to do well – maybe very well next season, if his job is not to be in danger again this time next year – or even through the season.

We hope Alan and Newcastle do very well next season – and I may be crazy – but we have a chance of finish in a top six place next season – if we can keep our best players – including Fab Coloccini – this summer.

Here’s hoping.

If you have a subscription to nufcTV the videos are online now  – the season review is  in two parts.

Here’s a chance to vote for your Player of the Season.

Who Was Newcastle's Player Of The Season - Poll

  • Coloccini (24%, 945 Votes)
  • Santon (16%, 635 Votes)
  • Krul (14%, 547 Votes)
  • Marveaux (12%, 493 Votes)
  • Taylor (S) (9%, 343 Votes)
  • Cabaye (7%, 295 Votes)
  • Cisse (6%, 257 Votes)
  • Perch (6%, 235 Votes)
  • Gutierrez (4%, 141 Votes)
  • Ben Arfa (3%, 112 Votes)

Total Voters: 4,016

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20 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    May 25, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #1

    It’s going to be a long summer. It’s easy enough to say the right things, but we’ll only know for sure when it’s put to practice.

    Here’s to hoping that mistakes have been learned from and that better times are to follow.

  • magicbus

    May 25, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #2

    Let us hope that MA is also a better person also than last summer and invests not in one or two players but four or five decent signings. I also hope those bought in January are not going to be labelled as “ this summer signings brought forward “, Would hate to start the new season with the current squad.

  • Jamiemac

    May 25, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #3

    Looking ‘on paper’ where does everybody rank our squad?

    I personally think we’re 7th/8th. Can’t decide between us and Everton.

  • croftus5678

    May 25, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #4


    currently with no signings ect 1 striker +shola just is not enough and i would put us (with improvements to players getting used to england) at around 9th maybe 8th with a half decent striker then yep 7th.

    if we can muster a winger and maybe 2 strikers we could go for 6th though imo.

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    May 25, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #5

    Magicbus…I am torn on what to expect this summer.

    By a lot of accounts we are looking at bringing in players, but on the other hand, with just domestic duties next season, what will the club deem as needed? They thought we would be okay last season with EL and whilst they have said that was a mistake, I do wonder what they think we need now.

    Jamie…7th/8th sounds about right.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 25, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #6

    Does anybody think it is a coincidence that our worst ever goals conceded had anything to do with the criminal and I repeat criminal decision not to strengthen a woefully short defence and our worst ever goals scored had anything to do with selling or letting go five strikers while only bringing one in…..just a thought.

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    May 25, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #7

    Jail…Once again mate, you’re reading way too much in to things. As if not bolstering an already recognised suspect defense would impact on goals conceded and having one good and one Shola for half a season can’t impact how many goals you score. Stop being daft 😉

  • Cool Hand Luke

    May 25, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #8

    Better be Alan, remember the ides of March?

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 25, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #9

    I don’t know where I get these crazy ideas from.

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    May 25, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #10

    Jail…Perhaps you should look in to fantasy writing where your far fetched ideas belong?

  • belgrade fan

    May 25, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #11

    we bought 5 players in Jan because we were in dog fight and probably finish in Champ. And Ashley was scared to lose big money from TV revenue. So don’t expect nothing similar this summer, maybe 1 or 2. I really don’t know who cant realize how our owner thinks

  • Geordie-Exile

    May 25, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #12

    Last season was an unmitigated disaster. We can only go one way and that is up. I am very hopeful that we will improve and that lessons have been learn’t.

  • jordijohnty

    May 25, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #13

    cant help notice how the best player as voted for you lot is always a defensive player. Thats a sad indictment of the Ashley years. Thats why I voted for Marv.

  • toon22

    May 25, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #14

    We need at least 2 strikers,not ones that are small and mostly injured.At least one of them needs to actually play in the middle as a striker and not left/right wing.
    We need a left winger,a one who is left sided and can actually play as a winger and not one who is right sided and always cuts infield.
    We need our right winger to play there and not where ever he likes meaning our rightback has to do both attacking and defending on his own.
    Sisoko isnt an attacking mid fielder.
    Jonas can play as a defensive winger but since we have been rubbish at defending its obviously not working.
    Tiote can play as a DM but needs someone to pass the ball to as he cant pass and gets caught with the ball too often.
    Cabye cant take corners.
    Think AP hasnt noticed any of it imo.

  • Rotonda heights

    May 25, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #15

    Pardew is 52.

    If he was ever going to be anything and be a consistently successful manager and indeed as he says learn, surely wouldn’t he have done it by now?

    At West Ham Tevez & Mascherano dropped for Mullins and Harewood. Here it’s Perch for Anita, Guti for Marveaux and Raylor for Ben Arfa.

    Pardew has learnt nothing but we can all see he can’t work with technical players.

    Some very good points below

  • sparky55

    May 25, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #16

    toon22..course he’s noticed…he’s learning but hasn’t worked out what to do yet! lol

    magicbus…your wish is his command…we’ll lose at least three of the current squad before we start.

    Jamiemac…on paper you’re absolutely right…7th or 8th. with a good manager possibly 6th…with Pardew…fcuk nose….meebess a bit higher than we are now

    Geordie exile…only way is up for sure…I don’t think we can do any worse than last year but I honestly don’t think we’ll do that much better to be honest…not with Pardew in charge anyway.

    belgrade fan….absolutely bang on the money…he bought those players for all the wrong reasons…he will cash in on the players he bought two years ago who are now worth more and replace with more cheap buys and the cycle starts again…end of next year sissoko and mbiwa and Marv will go.

    Just as a footnote…now he’s here for the foreseeable future as much as it pains me I’ll still support the team but we’re heading for a season of disappointment and change…he won’t learn cos he’s thick and won’t surprise us because he clueless…but support the team I will

    and don’t be kidded by the meek apologetic thing either…it’s more pathetic bollox from someone who’s seeking some favour from the fans who have turned against him

  • toonluvva

    May 25, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Pardew says he’ll be a better manager next season. He could hardly get any worse could he.

    Improvements needed in too many areas. He doesn’t what his best side is. Imagine how he’ll cope at the beginning of the season with al FULL squad to pick from. Of course we’ll not have Cabaye, Krul , Colo & Hatem as they’ll all be away in the summer.

    Luckily Jonas, Tiote and Shola will available to him.

    Doubtless he’ll try in bring in more defensive minded midfield players as he knows all about that side of football.

    Cisse played out on the wing, Anita & marveux on the bench.

    Tactics of, we started with a draw and we’ll play for a draw even at SJP. If we by some miracle do score a goal, drop as deep as possible and just try and hang on for the rest of the match.

    We’ve seen it last season, and I expect it until he is eventually sacked.

  • rasul

    May 25, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #18

    I’ve tried to speak to fans when I’ve seen them in the street and give them as good an answer as I can give.

    Unless u do like MOURINHO did, go on the pitch and let the FANS BOOO U, u havent talked to the REAL FANS.

    And lets face it boys, its not ust Pardews fault. The players haent played that well also. And we have been unlucy with injuries, and bad decisons against us. If we start the nect campgain good i think we can challenge for the TITLE, like Hatem Ben Harfa saida for this season hahaha.

    If there is a team that can suprise everyone its our team. Have the faith, and mark my words, we will finist top 4 next season! With this team:

    Debuchy Colo Mbiva Santon
    Hatem Ben harfa Sissoko Cabaye Marveoux

    Goufran Cisse.

    Get inn a world class striker like SUAREZ 🙂 Caroll and were are happy, and keep all the players, because when its world cup season, u know everyone is fit 🙂

  • lesh

    May 25, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #19

    “…. We have made mistakes at every level of this football club…..”:

    Brave words from Pardew and it looks as though he’s managed to deflect some of the responsibility for a near disaster of a season.

  • Sav

    May 26, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #20

    I think another top CB is needed with Colo staying. Having Colo hold it together alongside either Williamson or Taylor is not good enough. He’s basically carrying these two. MYM is good but just not tall enough alongside Coloccini. Ultimately, he may be Colo’s replacement but not next season.


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