Fans Waiting To Hear From Pardew – He’s Been Sighted


Some of the headlines of articles over the last several weeks have been that Alan Pardew’s silence has been deafening to Newcastle fans, and that’s been very true.

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Alan Pardew – we hope he’s smiling today

Ever since Joe Kinnear was shockingly appointed the Director of Football (what was Mike Ashley thinking?), then Alan has probably done the right thing,  and held a (long) diplomatic silence.

And it’s what Joe Kinnear should have done, but Joe being Joe, has shot his mouth off again, so to speak,  and caused all kinds of trouble.

And it’s been as bad as the 53 F words he used in his first press conference as Newcastle’s interim manager in September, 2008,  when he let fly at the Daily Mirror’s Simon Bird for some things Simon had written about Joe.

But Alan Pardew is now back in Newcastle and taking his first training session at Benton today, and news is that he has already given an interview to nufcTV,  and we’re hoping that interview will be published today.

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Newcastle players in training today – Alan’s on the right

And like a lot of important interviews, and this one is important, we hope the club will release the video so all fans can see it, and not only those who have a nufcTV subscription.

But we don’t expect Alan Pardew to be anything like Joe Kinnear, and he’ll say all the right things – but that’s what he should be doing to try to calm things down on Tyneside, after Kinnear managed in a twinkling of an eye to upset almost every single Newcastle fan with that outrageous  talkSPORT interview.

Nobody can ever accuse Joe of being a diplomat, which is uusally needed in the executive ranks, but rather he’s his very own fan club. 😀

And I’ve had a few notes from some readers saying in truth we’re not really too bad off this summer, and that’s right, and we have to remember we brought in five top Frenchmen in January, and we’ve yet to see the best of them.

But my concern now is with Joe Kinnear – and he’s a loose cannon if ever there was one – and that’s the concern many fans have about the coming season – what damage will Joe Kinnear do?

What do you think?

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167 comments so far

  • JackButler

    Jul 6, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #1

    Pardew will tow the party line as he always does

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  • jamesnufc86

    Jul 6, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #2

    In one sense Pardew must be delighted JFK has come in, it’s taken the focus away from him anyway. I actually feel a bit sorry for Pards

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 6, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #3

    It’s a bit boring being a NUFC fan these days isn’t it; the football is boring and it is quite boring transfer news wise.

    The only thing that is not boring is the PR aspect of Newcastle, but we could all do without that :'(

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  • pawl250

    Jul 6, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #4

    Again I am sorry but not every team has bought all their players for the new season. Some wait until deadline day!

    Yes pre season is important but we bought 5 players in January and we have lost 4 since then! According to my mathematics we are +1 compared to last season, have a better squad for (minus Ba as he needs replaced which before window I believe he will) AND we have had more than just 1 pre season to gel these 5 players into the team, plus a pre season ….. That means we are better off than last year with +1 first team player, more experience for a younger fringe players I.e Campbell, Bigi, Vuckic, Sammy and we aren’t in EL!

    Ok am the one that is being stupid though!

    Perch Simpson Ba and Harper!

    Ba is the only starter, Simpson is replaced with Debuchy/Haidara (as stated Santon swapping sides) and Perch is replaced with Sissoko, Mbiwa.

    Ba is really the only non replaced member.

    Goalkeepers as far as my understanding goes is the coach stated the young Alnwick is good enough now and will be a suitable back up behind Elliot and Krul.

    So am I still crazy to think we are better off this year and than last with still a whole pre season and transfer window to go?

    Oh and JK twitter reports LOL please if that’s evidence get the guy to post pictures or an interview! I know I would have photos to prove it all, and I would be selling them to the sun not posting on twitter!

    Oh wait no he’s in Africa that’s right, so bottom line is no one knows for sure just reading or believing the tripe you are told! Typical!

    Would love for him to Monday to Tuesday come out and talk to the public lol ….. What would be the excuse the holiday is 2 days long, or he came back early!

    Do you really think he is on holiday at This time
    Or perhaps consider if he is the job he is doing can be delegated or MA step in as the plans are in place? This is a football club not a second hand shoe shop! Some people like stirring the pot, but all you are doing is upsetting yourself in process.

    Likelyhood is we will sign 2-3 players before the window ends and its standard! Means we have more players than last year (we already do unless we sell more), a more competitive squad (better players now compared to last year and youngsters have more experience), and less matches no travelling to Greece early doors, allows us to take it easy!

    Time will tell but am confident on top 10. No evidence to think otherwise.

    Anyone talking to me about bad position last year well look at the year before that and the year following on any given season that can happen what’s to say we won’t finish 7th this year and 15th the following year!

    Injuries played a part last year, that much is apparent! You didn’t see other teams have the entire starting 11 out at somepoint during December, in 1 month alone all 11 players missed 1 game! That is a problem! Sorry but that plays a big part to why we finished were we did, our team and bench were full of youngsters with no PL experience. We even called Dummett back from loan it was that bad!

    People relax take it easy! Its less than 8 days into the window and everyone is having breakdowns! Lol

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 6, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #5

    Pawl…the season ended in late May and Ba left in early January and haven’t been replaced yet.

    That means we have had more than a month since the season ended to make sure we were ready do do business. We could even have made deals for British based players as early as June.

    So what are we waiting for; the players we want are not going to get any cheaper!

    …and when has deadline transfers done anyone any good?

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  • ToonAussie

    Jul 6, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #6

    frustrating, all too frustrating -_-

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  • scout

    Jul 6, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #7

    No evidence to think otherwise on top 10???
    What everyone strengthening and us just sitting doing nowt, I don’t believe the Uefa cup affected the players, some if them games Beardsley could have kept up, they were dire snails paced crap

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  • JackButler

    Jul 6, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #8

    pawl250

    We spend to survive not to achieve, Sissoko, Haidara, Gouffran, Debuchy and M’Biwa only came in during the January window as our place in the league was under serious threat, if we had been comfortable in mid table we would have only seen one of those come in.

    Ba may be the only player we have not/did not replace but that is the most important position we needed replaced as Cisse as the only striker of worth at the club is a pathetic state of affairs at a so called ‘Big Club’. But even then our squad is woefully thin and we lack quality is so many positions.

    Regarding our youngster’s, well Biggi is the only one I’d have any real faiith in as he’s already played and done well for the first team. Campbell is untested at this level, Sammi is simply not good enough and Vukic is made of glass and will break down under the riggers of this league, not to mention he has no pace what so ever.

    Yes we pick up far too many injuries last season but the majority of those injuries were picked up in training so there is something seriously wrong with our set up.

    Ashley’s aim is simply to survive in the league and we have little to no ambition to make us a force, teams like West Ham, Norwich and Swansea are showing ambition while we stumble from one PR disaster to another

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  • Thump

    Jul 6, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #9

    @jesper: “Boring”? Oh god, Kinnear’s going to reinvent the A-bomb and blow us all up and it’s all your fault 🙁

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 6, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #10

    Who cares what Pardew has to say? He’s a Tool and one of the most inept managers in the premier league.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 6, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #11

    Thump…I did say the PR aspect of Newcastle wasn’t boring 😉

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 6, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #12

    anybody who thinks that nufc are going about there business in the correct manner regarding transfer activity are f@ckin deluded.
    we are following the same pattern as last summer-excuses for this, outbid for him, wages to high blah blah blah. sorry lads but I don’t subscribe to this crap.
    as I said earlier this morning Norwich have signed van winkel-redmond and apparently in negotiations with alderweireld. Swansea are building a quality squad. and the simple fact is you have to build to accumulate, not sit on the fence and let the pl pass you by

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  • pawl250

    Jul 6, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #13

    Just because you deem buying new players as strengthening your team does not mean you will improve.

    We bought 5 players, arguably some of the most exciting we will see and have seen in a long time and we finished the same as we started!

    Time will tell, but nothing is going to change for these other clubs supposedly strengthening.

    I still feel we will finish above them!

    Top 10 for me, am sure of it! Mark my words with you wish and laugh at me if I am wrong! But beware this time next year I feel I will be laughing at any doubters

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  • Slank

    Jul 6, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #14

    Ed,

    Are these the same fans who are waiting for Pardew to speak who didn’t want to hear him speak ever again last season ?

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 6, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #15

    for the Blind Faith Brigade (also known as the Legion of Dishonour) I should point out that our attack last season was in the powder puff category. With no purchases so far of a decent striker(s) – the attack will remain -to all intents and purposes non existent this coming season -ie not many goals scored.
    A good attack also also relieves a bit of pressure on the midfield and defence -obviously.
    Our defence is not right either -fourth worst last season -a tall commanding CB is required -who knows if “Captain Colo” is going to get homesick again or Saylor injured again.
    Two decent strikers -with the ability to burst through defences/out muscle defenders, a winger and a CB and we could very well have a decent season -probably until the players are well and truly Pardewed or up until the behind the scenes shenanigans between Percy and JK come to a head. Old JK will be utilising his holiday time to plot a coup against Percy. Tremendous stuff you could not make it up.

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  • JackButler

    Jul 6, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #16

    pawl250

    On what basis do you think we will finish above the like’s of Swansea???

    They achieved more in their first season in the Prem than we have in the last 50 years?

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  • Tubai

    Jul 6, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #17

    @Ed Hope a world class striker is bought to partner cisse

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  • Slank

    Jul 6, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #18

    Why do some fans think it’s a simple easy process to buy a player. More often than not it is not straightforward.

    Buying a player can, in many respects, equate with a buying a house. There is often a chain in house buying and the same is often the case with players. The selling club often has to make sure that they have a replacement lined up for their departed player.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 6, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #19

    It is probably true that previously I was not too bothered about what Percy says. He often forgets what he said previously and contradicts himself – as well as throwing in for our pleasure gobbledygook phrases.
    Since the arrival of JK in a sick sort of way I’m looking forward to see what Percy says about JK/Transfers etc.
    I strongly suspect Percy will try to make things look rosy in the garden but will face an onslaught of awkward questions from the hacks. I expect a theatrical performance from Percy which will exceed even the best performances of that famous thesbian Sir Lawrence Olivier.
    I anticipate probably having to rename Percy Parsnip as Percy Pinocchio.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 6, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #20

    Pawl
    Did you get mike Ashley to double check that post before you submitted it??
    Deluded doesn’t begin to cover it

    No ones spending? Are you kidding? EVERYONE who finished between 15th and 8th are strengthening to there full potential to ensure there all competing for top ten for the second summer on a row were standing still

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  • Slank

    Jul 6, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #21

    Jack @ 16

    I would be very surprised if Swansea is not impacted by their participation in the Europa league.

    I believe we will finish between 6th and 10th.

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  • wynsleap

    Jul 6, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #22

    If any fan thinks we are better off than last season at the moment, they should be changing their sport to tiddleywinks.
    Are some fans so blinded by Ashley that they are starting to accept that no signings will be forthcoming but “don’t worry it will be all OK”.
    As at the beginning of last season we are standing still while others overtook us in recruitment and ambition.
    It wasn’t rocket science that we ended up fifth from bottom in a tense relegation fight.
    Stand still again whilst these same clubs (and others) are continuing to improve their playing staff and we’ll go down this time.
    As for some of these players going to prove their worth this season can anyone enlighten me how they suddenly become world beaters just because 4 months have elapsed?

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  • tyneside toon

    Jul 6, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #23

    Tubai
    world class striker to partner is going to be either Darren Bent or Shola. forget about shipping more than 5 millions

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  • pawl250

    Jul 6, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #24

    Swansea have been up a couple of years ….. But yea

    Swanseas marquee signing right now as Bony is not final is Shelvey woot woot! Go swans!

    It would also be worth noting Michu scored alot less goals second half of the season, maybe because people were aware of him and in doing so when they looked likely to fly away into the top 10 no problem they were very poor and ordinary the second half of the season.

    Time will tell but the passing football is very easy to cope with! PRESS Swansea are not Barcelona they will not pass around you. Sunderland under MON seen this and they couldn’t handle any pressure. They are a very average squad, turned into a decent squad if you allow them to pass with time.

    Without they panic and hoof, time will tell but think they will be close to 10th next season but no reason we cannot finish above them!

    We have a better squad, just they have been taught to play a different style. More attractive but passing across back 4 for 1/3 of the match is hardly groundbreaking! Attack them and you will reap rewards!

    Time will tell. They could finish above us but we will be top 10 still!

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 6, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #25

    Pawl…I guess anything can happen in football; we did finish 5th the season before last and we finish 5th from the bottom last season!

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  • Slank

    Jul 6, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #26

    Toon @ 20

    Yes, many teams are now buying players but, ignoring our position at the timeh, how many bought players in the Winter transfer window and quality players at that?

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  • JackButler

    Jul 6, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #27

    Slank

    Swansea will spend to improve their squad in both strength and depth to be able to cope with the extra games of the Europa Cup, we didn’t, they also have a class manager who get’s the best out of each and every player in his squad while we have Pardew.

    Finishing between 6th – 10th is possible but only if we add three or four quality players to our squad and we have far better tactic’s on the field and we find a way to get to the bottom of why the hell we had so many injuries seeings as most of them were picked up on the training ground

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 6, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #28

    Slank
    Then how come other clubs seem to
    A) submit a sensible bid, not £3-4 mil under the asking price, bid gets excepted

    B) Once that bid is accepted, don’t immediately withdraw in a manner that suggests you actually have no idea who it was you were bidding for

    C) Offer player a contract

    D) Player accepts contract has medical done deal all in 1-2 days, or in newcastles case roughly a season until we either sign or get “out priced”

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 6, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #29

    mister tuff
    couldn’t agree more. one of worse defences in the pl last season. take ba’s goals out of the equation we would have gone down. take the investments made in jan and we would have gone down.
    nufc have no cf cover if cisse was to get a serious injury. look how we struggled with the loss of colo at the back.yes we suffered horrendous injuries and struggled with any form of luck through out the season …but come on guys all of us on this blog can see the drawbacks of how we are being run !!!!!

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 6, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #30

    …and will that be down to signings? I hardly think so, but our fringe players need to be upgrade and I wouldn’t want to seeus relaying on the youth once again.

    Top that with us still needing to replace Ba and we need a backup player for Debuchy!

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  • pawl250

    Jul 6, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #31

    TDS http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/football/premier-league/transfers.html

    Who is spending exactly?

    West Ham 15m what happens when he inevitably as always gets injured?

    Who else?

    Man City, Chelsea, Man Utd always spend! But who has spent mass amounts?

    Its 6 days into the window and everyone is thinking we won’t spend!

    Arsenal havent bought yet …. Does that mean they won’t?

    Everton haven’t does that mean they wont?

    God! Chill out! If a week remains in the window and we haven’t spent fair enough but 6 days into the window you need to chill!

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  • SeanNufc87

    Jul 6, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #32

    palace want gosling acording to SSN.

    take him!

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  • tyneside toon

    Jul 6, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #33

    if palace offer around 500k let him go

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  • Slank

    Jul 6, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #34

    Jack,

    Last season the Swansea manager was highly rated but not as highly rated as Pardew was the season before.

    I agree we didn’t recruit enough quality for our campaign in Europe. Will Swansea suffer the same fait as us (and others like Stoke) we will just have to wait and see but I maintain that we will finish higher than them in the league.

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  • pawl250

    Jul 6, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #35

    Yep take him! Ill wrap him up and even drive him down if they wish!

    Selling the dead weight right now and I like it!

    Obviously providing we replace them with better players, not that replacing Gosling will be hard 😉

    I cannot believe people are raging about no signings 6 days into the window!

    Remy and De Jong are supposedly in talks with us, that’s what I have heard. Buy them I would love it!

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 6, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #36

    slank -we have had 6 month to replace demba. do you not think in that time our scouting crew have not submitted there list of targets to the hierarchy
    Ashley could have and should have had all our target sanctioned for purchase instead of the sorry state we are in.
    I hope and pray that this time next week we have 3 or 4 top players in but I doubt it very much !!!

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  • JackButler

    Jul 6, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #37

    pawl250

    Whether you rate Shelvey or not, he’s a player that Laudrup wanted and their owner went out and signed him, if they do actually sign Bony that constitutes a 20 million plus investment and they wont be finished there.

    We may have a better squad but we do not have the manager to get the best out of them. Swansea will finish above us as they have the right manager, the right owner and the right approach towards the game and how to build

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  • tyneside toon

    Jul 6, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #38

    pawl:
    the only real concern is if we leave too deep into the window, all the quality might be out of market and we may be left with likes of bent,

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  • Slank

    Jul 6, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #39

    toon @ 27

    So you have an intimate knowledge of Newcastle’s closely guarded process known to only a few in the club of making and closing bids or are you just making it up?

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Jul 6, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #40

    pawl

    your very balanced and level headed more posts please 🙂

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