Arrival Of Kinnear Has Only Raised Pardew’s Authority


When  Joe Kinnear arrived at Newcastle in mid-June as Director of Football, the appointment horrified Newcastle fans, and it was thought that Joe would put severe pressure on Alan Pardew, and maybe Joe wanted to become the Newcastle manager again, after relinquishing control in February of 2009, because of heart problems.

Alan Pardew pointing

Alan Pardew – has made good start to the season

And in our poll of over 14,000 readers, a massive 89% did not want Joe as the Director of Football at Newcastle, not another Londoner in the Geordie camp.

And while Alan Pardew seemed under enormous pressure in pre-season, especially because of the relegation fight of last season, and the team massively under-performing in the Premier League, the rather pathetic performance of Joe Kinenar to recruit new players this summer has brought some empathy and even sympathy for the Newcastle manager.

At least when Alan Pardew, who remains the face of Newcastle to the press, does an interview –  he doesn’t embarrass himself and Newcastle, which is what Joe tends  to do – far too often.

And love him or hate him, Alan Pardew is good with the press, and comes across positively and has always seemed  privileged to be the Newcastle manager.

And the fact we haven’t heard anything from Joe since the end of the transfer window, is a big hint that he has been stopped from talking to the press – that’s a very good PR move.

Alan Pardew blamed the injuries last season for Newcastle’s near demise – and it ‘s something Newcastle fans just don’t want to hear – because it sounds far too much like an excuse.

But one of the great unheralded moves made in the summer by the club was to appoint Faye Downey as a fitness consultant and – fingers crossed – it’s already paying dividends with every Newcastle player fit for yesterday’s game.

Pardew said they would study what happened last season,  and of course we had some of our best players injured for long periods of time – so at least the club moved to do something about that – and appointing Faye could be a masterstroke.

And with Loic Remy making his starting debut yesterday,  and looking good in an attacking 4-3-3 formation, Newcastle looked a good side, and we were a threat going forward and solid at the back.

It’s early days yet of course, but the possibility of another 3 points on Saturday against Hull City, will help raise the spirits of the Newcastle fans, after a summer we’d all like to forget.

And you never know – we may even sign a couple of good players in January.

Hope springs eternal. 😀

Howay The Lads!!

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125 comments so far

  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 15, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #1

    I don’t see that Pardew really has a choice but to sit Cisse. He isn’t really helping the team at all in attack. I’ve watched his decline now for more than a full season and see no sign of improvement. His shot is wild and often from too far out. He has poor ball handling ability and doesn’t seem to read the developing play well enough most of the time. Perhaps if he starts in our cup match against Leeds he will start to recover his confidence. But I would give him 60 minutes only unless he is playing well in that game.

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  • Uncertain Toon

    Sep 15, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #2

    Repost.

    Is that Marcelino ripping off skysports as a studio analyst for Malaga game?
    I’ve seen it all now!

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  • martoon

    Sep 15, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #3

    Well I see the euphoria of yesterdays win has died down and we are back to squabbling amongst ourselves. To save a lot more arguements can I summarise:-
    We are delighted with yesterday’s win and apart from the performance at Man City satisfied with our start to the season. However we are still disappointed with our activities in the transfer window and were expecting at least another striker if not a winger as well. We blame a lot this on Mike Ashley and would like him to sell the club to an owner who cares. We will continue to support the team but not Ashley or Kinnear – there you go no ore fighting 🙂

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Sep 15, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #4

    Cisse’s awesome. I was sad to see Ba leave though. Steven Fletcher would be a good signing. Still young.

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  • martoon

    Sep 15, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #5

    *no more fighting 🙂

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Sep 15, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #6

    i dont care if the club is run by cockneys mancs or mackems as long as its run well

    martoon
    the next loss will bring all the haters out in droves unless hopefully they have started their own blog ‘i dont like nufc blog’ 🙂

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  • Novocastrian66

    Sep 15, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #7

    Ruddy has done that hasn’t he?

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  • kilcline

    Sep 15, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #8

    Steven Fletcher? This kets is about as credible as Marcelino! His mum provides decent biscuits though, i’m huge!

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  • DevonToon

    Sep 15, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #9

    First post for a while, but I was saying after the city match this team just needed some confidence and that Remy would make a huge difference. . . Love it when im right! Also said Anita – sissoko – cabs have to start every week! They are a perfect blend of power, precision and work rate… anita really makes the midfield tick like! Would be really nice to go and stuff hull next weekend! Its been a long time since we hammered someone! That would really tee us up nice!

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  • bollance

    Sep 15, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #10

    Faye Downey 8 year deal in the offing

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 15, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #11

    Cisse is awesome kets @4? No goals in his last 10 games and couldn’t hold the ball up to save his life. Wildly shooting miles over the goal. He’s supposed to be our no. 9. That means a goal every 2 to 3 games and some excellent link up play for me. I haven’t seen that from Cisse for more than a season now.

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  • check the toastie

    Sep 15, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #12

    JFA – I am not so blinkered as to not give some credit to Ashley for some of the things he has done, don’t get me wrong he clearly has lost most of his interest in the club, but has still provided the club with the most talented squad of players since Keegan.

    If he just invested in a top manager who is positive then we would have a super team to watch most weeks, I for one am positive for the coming season if Pardew keeps our best players on the pitch, think we will finish 7th, if Pardew goes back to his old ways then we will have a bad slump at some point.

    Is having the 7th best squad in the Premier League really good reason for the owner to be given such a hard time. It is counter productive to him ever feeling part of the club. Stupid in fact..

    Look at the club down the road who are in chaos and are an utter shambles, however they are perceived to be ran well, don’t see the mackems getting on their owners back, its weird really, one bad season due to an inept manager and the owner is the devil again.

    Its all about performance on the pitch for me.

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  • Uncertain Toon

    Sep 15, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #13

    I see Marcelino is holding his thumb!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 15, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #14

    Try comparing Shearer with Cisse in your mind. Shearer could play an all round game as well as score consistently including from the penalty spot. He could generate assists and was good with his feet and his head. He stood up for his team mates. Now that’s a number 9. I like Cisse as a person from what I’ve read of him but his overall playing ability is quite poor.

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  • kilcline

    Sep 15, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #15

    Rhodes would be better than Cisse.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Sep 15, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #16

    Is JFK still attached to the club? 😉

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  • Uncertain Toon

    Sep 15, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #17

    It’s pretty staggering the amount of money the toon have wasted over the years.
    Marcelino played 17 games from 1999-2003.
    Xisco springs to mind, Owen another.
    Did we get our moneys worth out of Alan Smith? I doubt it.
    I suppose the Rob Lees of this world balance it all out or do they?
    Luque another, there must be more!

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  • Belfast

    Sep 15, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #18

    Cisse is still playing shite.

    I can’t even remember the last time he had a good game, probably when we finished fifth, and I’m not even joking.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 15, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #19

    JFK is in hiding now jesper mate. Even he is embarrassed by his performance in the summer. The mouth that roared has finally been silenced thank god 🙂

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 15, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #20
  • Harley

    Sep 15, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #21

    Uncertain toon.

    Maric, boumsong and even viana never really got used.

    Who remembers Emre? I used to love him!!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 15, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #22

    Check,
    I’m not sure where the seventh best squad in the league comes from but I won’t dispute it, but considering we’re the 20th richest club in the WORLD, that should be a minimum requirement.

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  • check the toastie

    Sep 15, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #23

    Cisse has been starved of any service and has been so isolated by Pardews hoofball that it is unfair to criticise the lad too much, he was sensational when he first turned up and his goals last year back end of the season from scraps pretty much kept us up,

    I am getting the feeling that there is always somebody who deserves pelters in some folks eyes, the first eleven yesterday deserve support and Cisse will come good once he gets his confidence back, hope so anyway.

    Next week when he bags a hat-trick he will no doubt be on Ashley’s ‘for sale’ sheet again for some folk.

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  • Uncertain Toon

    Sep 15, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #24

    Harley,

    Aye, Emre was class, yet another one that suffered injuries with us which is a shame.
    Think he’s still Turkey captain

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  • Belfast

    Sep 15, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #25

    I like Rhodes Kilcline, but you won’t get him on the cheap, so he’s probably not on our list of targets.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 15, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #26

    Cisse needs at least 10 more games in this formation and attacking style of play before he gets dropped IMO .

    I can’t believe he was ever stuck on the wing or used as a target man in the first place .

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  • DevonToon

    Sep 15, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #27

    Obviously many of you had never watched cisse before he came to newcastle, but he never really offered much more than goal to any team he played for. We WOULD be down if it wasnt for cisse’s goals last year! its not his fault either that pardew decided demba “hadnt scored for ages” ba was to be the middle man and pappis “mr lethal” cisse was more suited as a winger… how to smash a lads confidence in one stupid f##king swipe! Cisse also last year should really have had almost 20 goals, if not for some awful ref decisions… for an out of form striker that good imo. Cisse will grow in confidence as the season goes along, I promise

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  • croftus5678

    Sep 15, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #28

    lets not jump on cisse’s back too much guys ! i know theres no room for sentiment at our club and i agree with the fact he’s not helping the team at all atm…but we was not saying that when he scored 13/13 games or in fact last season when he was our only striker and we couldnt score at all ! even though he only scored 8 without that we could be relegated.

    we should imo look for a replacement for him in jan but lets try encourage him to find some sort of form untill then so we either get better value for him or he becomes useful to us again.

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Sep 15, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #29

    ba over cisse for moi 🙂

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  • Belfast

    Sep 15, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #30

    Disagree Check

    Think he had his purple patch when nobody had a clue who he was. Very like Zaki at Wigan a few seasons ago.

    After that he’s looked shite.

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  • croftus5678

    Sep 15, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #31

    @29 wolf

    i agree and always did but in truth we never had the choice !
    we may have contributed to ba wanting to leave as his twitter account had a few fans blaming him for not being happy with playing on the wing which seemed to upset him but i dont think it would have been any different had chelsea come in for him anyways.

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  • scout

    Sep 15, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #32

    Anyone else’s Missus obsessed by this great British bake off, it’s a strange one coz she never cooks out

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  • check the toastie

    Sep 15, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #33

    Not as rich as the top 6 though Jail – so 7th/8th is pretty much par for the course eh. anything less and yes questions shud be asked, mostly of the manager in my eyes, I reckon we have acquired the best set of players over the last 2/3 years than any other club in the league, pound for pound.

    New contract for Krul/Debuchy/Mbiwa/New contract for Collo/Santon/New contract for Saylor/Anita/Cabaye/Sissoko/Cisse/Gouffran/New contract for Tiote/Ben Arfa/Remy/Marv.

    One player of any note has left and he pushed the move as he is a money spider (Demba Ba), if we continued in the next two years to purchase similar players our squad will be deep and capable of winning a cup, which to be fair is all we could ever dream of.

    You need to stop your hatred of Ashley and support the team, if we are playing shit the manager gets the grief as it is clear we have the playing staff to be really competitive, personally I believe if we swapped managers with Liverpool or Spurs we would instantly go above them in the pecking order.

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  • croftus5678

    Sep 15, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #34

    @32 scout

    omg >.< i love that program hehe

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 15, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #35

    Hope you’re right check the toastie @23. It will be interesting to see how Cisse responds to these challenging times for him.

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  • check the toastie

    Sep 15, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #36

    scout – yep my missus also loves the bake off, and also doesn’t bake herself, she has a decent excuse mind you as our oven has been bust for 18 month.

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Sep 15, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #37

    scout

    a lot of ppl are obsessed with footy but dont play

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Sep 15, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #38

    Shearer has had dry patches. Cisse is a quality finisher. Steven Fletcher was being watched by Real Madrid a while ago. He’s a clinic striker. Probably Sunderland’s best player along with Adam Johnson. I’d take them from Sunderland.

    Cisse was the top scorer in the bundesliga a few seasons ago and thats a difficult league. He was playing for a mediocre team too. Cisse is class.

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Sep 15, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #39

    cisse has caught torresitis

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  • check the toastie

    Sep 15, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #40

    Actually Shearer had totally lost his way under Dogleash (no service) and then Gullit seen that he had lost his mojo and started dropping him.

    Shearer himself said that SBR saved his career, now there is one example of a good, great in this case getting the best out of his players, Pardew has seemed intent on destroying Cisse rather than developing him and playing to his strengths, hopefully Papiss will come good as I thought he was a brilliant busy striker when he first came.

    Cisse doesn’t get enough credit for his workrate, always harrying and closing defenders down, it all helps out, defending from the front.

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