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Pardew Gives Players His Toughest Team Talk Ever

12:00 am, Sunday, July 7th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 64 Comments

On the first day of training on Saturday,  Alan Pardew has told the Newcastle players they let everybody down last season, and they would have to shape up or be shipped out by the club.

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Manager Alan Pardew yesterday at first day of training

The report is in the Sunday People and we thought we would hear something from Alan Pardew yesterday, but although there were reports he gave an interview with nufcTV the fans have still heard nothing from the manager.

Alan also made it clear to the squad that he was the man they would need to please, since Alan is still in charge of the playing side of the club, even if the responsibility for all transfers into and out of the club is now that of Joe Kinnear, our Director of Football, who is in Sardinia on holiday at the moment.

This is what an insider told the Sunday People:

“The boss took his players, his No.2 John Carver and coach Steve Stone and gave them the toughest team talk we have heard since he became manager. “He laid down the law. He told them they had let everybody down last season and warned he would not stand a repeat this season.”

As long as Alan knows that he and the coaches were also responsible for what happened last season then what he told the players is just fine.

It’s an important season coming up for Newcastle, and it’s an important season for Alan Pardew and his coaching staff, and hopefully the manager will be able to produce the goods next season, like he did in the previous season, when we finished 5th top.

We are just hoping that Joe Kinnear does his job and gets some players through the door this summer, and lets Alan Pardew do his job.

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64 responses so far ↓

  • 1 GeordieTwo // Jul 7, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Is Pardew including himself in that threat? He should. He was downright poor at times. I’m thinking of games like the fa cup tie against Brighton in particular. We were shockingly poor there for a second straight year. His league record even after 5 reinforcements was poor as well. Poor is your byword Alan.

  • 2 Mister Tuff // Jul 7, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Ed – you’ve nicked my post.

  • 3 Warwick Hunt // Jul 7, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Any links to highlights of Lions v Australia?

  • 4 pawl250 // Jul 7, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    It would be worthy to mention “homegrown” is a player that under the age of 21 has been registered with the FA for 3 years so

    Gosling for time being!

  • 5 toonluvva // Jul 7, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    No good blaming players for setting up the team wrong from the outset by packing it with favourites and players out of position , tactics (usually negative), substitution etc etc etc etc ad nauseum That is YOUR fault Mr Pardew.

    If you, Mr Pardew, fail again we expect your resignation. If the team succeeds you can expect our plaudits and humble apologies for doubting you.

  • 6 toonluvva // Jul 7, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    I should have added to my previous post that most Toon supporters hope and expect to see a team set up to attack and give a decent account of themselves.

    Whilst we might all dream of beating every other side, home and away, thereby winning the PL at a a canter, we are realistic enough to acknowledge that this is not going to happen.

    If we play well and lose, well it happens, get over it and move onto the next match. We do not want to see teams set up to try and defend a meagre 1 nil lead for most of the match. Reading game at SJP ring any bells?

    We all know that some we will win, some we will draw, and some we will lose. Just make sure that the last category is a few as possible.

    That is your mission. Let’s see how you do!

  • 7 chuck // Jul 7, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Face it Pardew is a dead man walking, trying desperately to save his job, truth is Kinnear is here to replace him by forcing him out.
    It ‘s a case of Ashley not wanting to pay him off, but he’s gonna hang around for his money, be foolish not too.
    What kind of owner would offer an idiot like Pardew an eight year contract, shows you how much Ashley knows about the game even after six years at the helm.
    Appearsa he bases everything on his retailing mantra buy cheap and sell for what you can get.
    Problem is it may very well work in the rag trade, but hiring cheap-ass idiots like Llambias and Pardew in a competitive league like the EPL is a step in the wrong direction.
    My sugestion is dump both Pardew and Kinnear and find a reputable football sabe GM plus a manager familiar with the modern game, that can work together and best utilise the present talent at the club.
    Look we cant continue on this course year after year, Ashley has to realise by now how incompetent he’s been and hire the professionals who can bring a degree of success to the club.
    Or eventually lose the fan base , who will lose interest and stay at home.

  • 8 nufc_eire // Jul 7, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    To keep with the homegrown rule (and to spend as little as possible over the summer), we should sign:

    Sinclair (4m), Hoilett (4m) and Guidetti (5m) (or Bent) as back up fro the first team. We also need a young RB but I cant think of a cheap good one for the life of me. Also a tall young CB to replace Williamson if he goes would be nice but not necessary for this season

    For our first team we should sign Chadli (7m) and Gourcuff (on loan with option to buy in the summer). I’d leave buying a CB replacement till next summer when Coloccini leaves. But if Alderweireld becomes available for 8m then we should go for him now.

    Then our squad looks like:

    RB: Debuchy /R Young RB / R.TAYLOR
    CB: Coloccini / S.TAYLOR
    CB: Yanga-Mbiwa / WILLIAMSON
    LB: Santon / Haidara
    CDM: Sissoko / Tiote
    CM: Cabaye / Anita
    CAM: Gourcuff / Marveaux
    LW: Chadli / SINCLAIR
    RW: Ben Arfa / HOILETT
    CF: Cisse / Gouffran / GUIDETTI

    And then use the youngsters like Bigi to cover these players. Our squad would be super competitive then and would cost us around 20m altogether. I would sell every other senior squad player not listed here (which would generate around 5-6m extra funds).

  • 9 PrinceMonkey // Jul 7, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    I have a boss who sometimes gets pulled over the coals by their boss for their failings. They then come back and try to bust our chops and act like it is the failings of us that is the problem when we know fine well the problem initiate from their leadership. Ill tell u that’s the days I start looking at other jobs! Some familiar?

  • 10 PrinceMonkey // Jul 7, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    *sound familiar?

  • 11 stuart no9 // Jul 7, 2013 at 3:19 AM

    again pards blames everyone but himself . different season same sh/t . pardew out , and take your mates with ya .

  • 12 jeff // Jul 7, 2013 at 3:34 AM

  • 13 jeff // Jul 7, 2013 at 3:40 AM

    just what we wanna see/

  • 14 pizzicatochan // Jul 7, 2013 at 4:05 AM

    with the pics on Flickr, I would guess Mbabu and Kemen would be in the first team next year.

  • 15 toonincheek // Jul 7, 2013 at 4:41 AM

    Any manager must have the belief of the players.

    Now, if the players believe that it was injuries that were the main cause of our poor performances last season (as has been put forward by the management)
    if they believe it was the tactics that led to the problems
    and NOT
    the players letting the club down

    then –
    AP will have lost the belief of his players even before the season starts

  • 16 gonufc (not Arf' bad) // Jul 7, 2013 at 4:47 AM


    If anyone knows could they please say where it is said that Kinnear is on holiday at the moment?

    If that is true then that is possibly the worst thing he’s done (out of many) in such a short time.

    He has ONE job: to sign players.

    If he has really gone on holiday a few weeks after getting the job in THE most vital time for a club’s transfers then he should be sacked immediately.

    Imagine if a player just went on holiday and missed a game during the season! If this is true then that is effectively what he has just done!

    He could go on holiday at any time when not in a transfer window and maybe not after just being hired, not knowing all the scouts and players they’ve recommended.

    If this is true then I am truly shocked.

  • 17 gonufc (not Arf' bad) // Jul 7, 2013 at 5:01 AM

    @toonluvva – I agree. I’ve been saying it since last october- it is not the results which were so worrying last season: it was the performances.

    Even when we scraped wins we were still embarrassing at times.

    Awful passing, hoofing it constantly, defensive tactics, no cohesion, no good movement or well worked bits of play, set pieces which are EXACTLY the same every time! (clipped/ floated up to the far post for someone to knock back down…) etc.

    Then, for a team that seemingly does no attacking movement/ passing training, you expect them to be solid defensively but they were still terrible defending set pieces!!

    And then people (Match Of The Day/ Soccer Saturday) blame it on the new signings not gelling when it was like this before January!

  • 18 ROSHAN MAGPIE // Jul 7, 2013 at 5:03 AM

    Go nufc here is the link reporting about joke in here is on holiday

  • 19 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Jul 7, 2013 at 5:06 AM

    Pardew is running scared for his Job !

    He is responsible for the Team on the Pitch and is equally responsible for the Bad, Bad season we had last year !

    I will back him for as long as he is trainer, but at the same time while he is reading the Riot act to the players he also needs to take a good hard look at himself aswell !

  • 20 gonufc (not Arf' bad) // Jul 7, 2013 at 5:19 AM

    @Roshan – err, could you try posting it again please, I think you accidentally left it out.

  • 21 gonufc (not Arf' bad) // Jul 7, 2013 at 5:31 AM

    Don’t worry, I’ve found it in the mirror. (Therefore I still don’t 100% believe it!)

    I seriously hope he’s there for negotiations because otherwise that is just disgraceful. Does no one else think this is practically surreal?!?!

    Nainggolan? Haven’t seen much of him but is apparently good.
    Nene rumours again?
    Don’t watch Italian football so don’t know many others.

  • 22 lesh // Jul 7, 2013 at 6:30 AM

    You never know, Kinnear and his kin might just fall in love with Sardinia and decide to stay there.

    We live in hope!

  • 23 jeff // Jul 7, 2013 at 6:38 AM

    you think ur some sort of joker dont u huh lesh

  • 24 yorkymag // Jul 7, 2013 at 6:57 AM

    The rantings of a desperate man
    A bit late know Alan !!
    He will be gone within 10 games
    Just a sad situation when the future is likley to be a worse option than a completely incompetent Pardew
    Never mind maybe Joe dick head will find us a striker on the costa smerelda !!
    Enjoy the sunshine I fear it will be doom and gloom at SJP as the season kicks off in August

  • 25 cestriasteve // Jul 7, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    On the previous post about HBA playing out of position on the wing and the fact that he cuts in all the time and his indiscipline to plat as a number 10.

    Where should we play him? And who has been coaching the guy FFS I reckon if he has been coached by Wenger he would be a completely different player!! Paradew should tell him what to do!!!!

    I hope the same thing doesn’t happen to Sissoko cos he is potentially our best player build the team around him!!

    and I’ll keep spouting it, buy a new left wing and keep Jonas to cover LB or LW.

  • 26 jeff // Jul 7, 2013 at 7:03 AM

    we should sign diaby.

  • 27 JAMSHA // Jul 7, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    was ameobi given electric shock??

  • 28 jeff // Jul 7, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    looks like hes getting a bj HAHAHAHA @ JAMSHA

  • 29 cestriasteve // Jul 7, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    JAMSHA he is picking up his last pay packet!

  • 30 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 7, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    So Pardew is back blaming the team for his lousy tactics and team selection?

    …cheaky bastard!

    And the guy responsible for buying players is on holiday! And that holiday just had to be when the transfer window opened?

    …cheaky bastard!

    And don’t get me started om Mike Ashley that cheaky … 😉

  • 31 cestriasteve // Jul 7, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    RE Shola, I think my 80 yr old dads summary is still a classic

    couldn’t trap a bag of cement , (looks down at his 18 tr old west highland terrier) our Mitsey is better on the ball than him!,, gets me every time

  • 32 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 7, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    God it is boring being a NUFC fan these days :-(

    …god awful news and Joke Kinnear making a Joke out of us (as always)!

  • 33 cyprus // Jul 7, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    If it’s a case of players NOT following his directions and tactics, then he can blame them. But even if that was the case he should still talk as a team leader: “We must…”

    If JK is really on holiday before he even started work (!!!) then somebody sent him there. He may be in ‘Sa Bovida’ (a jail there!). That same somebody obviously wants him out of the way. So, he’s out of a job before he even started it! At least he’ll be calling old Fergie and Arsene for a friendly chat about the weather 😉

  • 34 jazzyp // Jul 7, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    good morning jesper ya cheaky b@stard lol.
    the blog was finally a better place to be last night at last,people full of optimism-torq was more fourth coming with his thoughts on de jong. Also remy a done deal next week (apparently).
    so all in all we haven’t got a damn thing to worry abt eh guys.yeah right oh who am I kidding !!.
    we seem to be making the right signs of the fact in getting rid of our fringe players , now we just need that pick me up of a topquality signing

  • 35 thai-mag // Jul 7, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    JAMSHA It looks like they are in training for the tour de france, not a football in sight

  • 36 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 7, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    Morning jazzup you cheaky…sorry bad habit 😉

    So you reckon we are in for something god or was that sarcastic? 😉

  • 37 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 7, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    Cyprus…if that was the case with Pardew then it is a case of too little too late with his half time talk don’t you think?

  • 38 cyprus // Jul 7, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    Agree. Feels like a half time talk a month after the game has ended.
    I think if we are not top 8 after 10 games MA will fire him or make his position so tough he’ll quit.

    The mystery to me is JK. Obviously he’s been forced ‘on a holiday’, no one would get such an important job and take off a couple weeks later. So, MA’s plan (?) of replacing AP with JK has seemingly backfired…

  • 39 jazzyp // Jul 7, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    according to toondanno -remy is in the bag,he told us there was a player at st james park signing up when no one new of any thing last week and sure enough a 16 year old kid had been is he a itk ?? only time will tell bud.
    as for de jong-according to torq ajax have already signed his replacement so take that as you see it mate.
    also there is talk of N’koulou possibilities as well-who knows mate

  • 40 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 7, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    Never mind the talking to – They have to go in today for a double training session.

  • 41 jazzyp // Jul 7, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    its a shame the first training sessions of the new season are not filled with new signings. but the transfer window is still young and lets hope for the best guys

  • 42 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 7, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    Jazzyp…so maybe it will be a good week after all :-)

    I just wonder with Joke Kinnear on “holiday” who will sign these players? 😉 Or his he just a front for some higher scheme? lol

    Cyprus…I still cannot contemplate the hiring of Joke Kinnear?

  • 43 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 7, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    Not that I’m doubting toondanno, but kremen signed like 2 weeks before he announced it!

  • 44 jazzyp // Jul 7, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    my thought exactly on who will sanction any deals while grotbags is on his jollies. but who gave the go ahead for the sale of gosling to cp??…someone in the nufc hierarchy is still sanctioning deals.

  • 45 Jail for Ashley // Jul 7, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    Sorry to poke a hole in your cloud of optomism but we got rid of fringe players this time last year in Best, Lover and Guthrie but never replaced them.

  • 46 jazzyp // Jul 7, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    morning tads how are you mate.
    kremen did indeed announce himself as a nufc player before toondanno mentioned this.but he knew he was at st james park was it Wednesday night and talked very positively on matters.
    I don’t know pal maybe im trying to be to optimistic and looking at things from the wrong angle, just simply like everyone else on here I want the best for nufc and not the same pathetic sh@te we had to endure last season

  • 47 Premiership Manager // Jul 7, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    It needs an all round effort and team work to get where we want to be. With so many French players communications must be a nightmare and team harmony could be a major problems due to the dressing room becoming too clicky due to the language barrier i.e. English/French.

    To me it seems the problems are coming from the business model and back room staff. JFK is the cream on the cake – business suicide if I ever saw it.

    Like anything there has to be balance. It’s an English club therefore the main language has to be English.

    On the previous post quite a few people are keen to clear out players but worryingly don’t think we need to replace them. That is a very worrying thought because if we suffer another run of injuries or we qualified for Europe we would need to recruit players very quickly at over inflated prices. The squad is the right size but we need to bring in young fresh players to develop as part of the squad.

    I could see the following leaving and I believe this is what JFK has been bought in to do to lower the wage bill, however if he doesn’t replace them, it’s back to square one.

    Sammy Ameobi

    With the following players going if the price is right.

    That’s 7 utility/back up players, (10 if you include Gosling, Simpson and Perch who have already gone), and if you consider those who could go it’s not good news

    It will also be a big year for
    Vukic, (not sure he will make it following his cruciate ligament damage last season).

    All of which need to make impressions on the first team as many are the wrong side of 20 and should be playing week in week out.

    And before I forget our reserve team only has 10 players so if we do lose players where are the replacements going to come from?

    I’d like to post something positive but like many of the fans I’m struggling to find anything and have more concerns this pre-season that I did last pre-season and that is very worrying.

    Oh well it’s sunny outside so Beer and BBQ will fix the world, have a good one. It’s never dull at NUFC

  • 48 jazzyp // Jul 7, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    morning bud. look all im saying is that everyday we all come on here to talk nufc. we all want the best for nufc and just lately its become a bit of a bitchfest with all the doom and gloom.
    im just trying to stay positive and hope for some top players to grace the black and white shirt

  • 49 onepeterb // Jul 7, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    I would have thought that Kinnear had his holidays booked before he was appointed. Bet mrs K said ” No effing way are you cancelling my effing holidays just tell Ashley you’re going”. Haven’t we all been there

  • 50 sirjasontoon // Jul 7, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    I bet the players were 5hitting themselves.

  • 51 cyprus // Jul 7, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    So he got that language from the wife

  • 52 Slank // Jul 7, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    Prem Manager

    You are right to point out that it doesn’t make sense to get rid of so many players especially English players.

    Raylor – I believe he is still injured so I doubt he will be leaving soon.

    Williamson – he appears to be happy to play fourth fiddle and when alongside Colo is quite effective in defence but alas can’t spark an attack or pass the ball.

    Jonas – I think will stay as he is still effective and versatile albeit not as good as he once was.

    Shola – I think his days are numbered. Let younger players have their opportunity.

    Sammy – I don’t know. Has flashes of being very dangerous but isn’t consistent and appears a bit lazy, must be a family thing. If in doubt, shove him out.

    Obertan – Has lots of skill but hasn’t used it effectively. Has had a lot of opportunities but has failed to impress. No doubts, he has to go.

    Amalfitano – Hasn’t really had an opportunity and I wonder whether the coaches have lost faith in him. If in doubt, shove him out.

    Cabaye, HBA, Tiote and Marvaux – They may sell one but I doubt all four. I think the club will demand a very high price for Cabaye but I’m not so sure he would leave. He is very influential in the club (future captain) and especially with the French players. Ben Arfa appears to be quite settled in Newcastle. Back in France he had a terrible reputation as a trouble maker which may put doubts in the minds of any French team. Tiote looks settled too and the departure of Perch will have strengthened his position. Marveaux looks in a weak position because I don’t see him as a winger more of a midfield player but we have so many midfield players. He could be sold, pity as I think he is very good.

  • 53 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 7, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Fair assessment mate

    Sammy by all accounts had a cracking loan spell at boro
    And amalfitano I’m pretty sure when we signed him pardew said we really wouldn’t see him until next season (so this season)

    Fair enough mate! Think I’ve been on the blog to long and am automatically suspicious of ITK’s who only appear during the windows!!!

  • 54 Dannyo // Jul 7, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Pardew should give them a good shakeup and tell them his expectations of the season. No doubt about it.
    And he’s surely taken his share of the blame during the end of season boardmeeting and will get some expectations for this season as well.
    Players too was largely at fault for a poor season. Can’t have that again.

  • 55 onepeterb // Jul 7, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Was thinking it would be normal in their hoose

  • 56 Spuggy // Jul 7, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Insider – gimme a break. This is complete bs. Can’t believe some people are sucked in by this article.

  • 57 stuart no9 // Jul 7, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    ED – isnt it about time you had MR Kinnears face on the banner mate.after all he is the 2nd most important man at the club!

  • 58 jazzyp // Jul 7, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    interesting article regarding toby alderweireld being pursued by Norwich-wonder if we can do a double deal with ajax and bring his mate de jong along for the ride as well.

  • 59 scout // Jul 7, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    All then rubbish performances last season and pardew has waiting till now to lay into them?
    The article is the biggest waste of time ever

  • 60 Rotonda heights // Jul 7, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Yes I do hope Pardew gave himself a talking to as well.

    Pardew memo to self

    1) I must not always play my favourites
    2) I must play people in their right positions
    3) I must not spend 4 days out of 5 just on defense training when we still leak 68 goals
    4) I must appoint a technical adviser as I’ve been found out again and I don’t know if I can keep winging it.
    5) I must not sit on 1-0 leads especially at home with 3 x DMs and 10 men in their own half for long periods.
    6) I must not make bizarre and negative substitutions
    7) I must stop playing hoof ball cos some people are saying we’ve got some good ball players
    8) I must look at this pass and move concept. It sounds a bit radical though. Don’t know if it’ll catch on
    9) I must evaluate the fitness and injury correlation.
    10 ) I must not look to give Shola, Obertan and Jonas new contracts.

  • 61 Rotonda heights // Jul 7, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Saylor for Remy and N’Koulou.
    Would so love this to be true. Tbh Saylor is the Geordie Bramble – very error prone and poor in his decision making not to mention often injured.

    It would mean Pardew would lose another of his favourites who get played no matter what and M’Biwa would start like Anita will hopefully do now Perch has gone.

    Remy for his speed, skill and goals would be great out left in a 433 and N’Koulou would be awesome.

    Yes probaby all bs but would be fantastic.

    I heard Sameobi was absolute …. at Boro and the fans thought he was lazy. Now where have I heard that.

  • 62 jazzyp // Jul 7, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    good morning pal-totally agree with NO 10

  • 63 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 7, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    11) I must not bring back injured players too early – it will have a negative effect!
    12) I must not kid myself into thinking w play 4-3-3 when in reality we play 4-5-1!

  • 64 lochinvar // Jul 7, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Princemonkey(9) is so right……in business management there are different “business cultures” – one of them is the “fear”culture – “shape up or ship out” This NEVER works and only alienates and stresses the work force/team. What usually happens is that the Manager wielding the big stick because of his own fear and failure to lead by good example ends up bailing out before the the pooh hits the fan. Potentially great teams then break up and have to be rebuilt – this takes time and even more money and a huge amount of effort to restore confidence, trust and success. The British Lions and Ryder Cup Teams are built on inspiration, trust, confidence and a shared desire for team greatness. This is beyond Kinnear and Ashley and Pardew would do well to set a different course before it’s too late. Make it so !

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