Pardew Blasts Media On Over-Reaction And Fantasy


Alan Pardew has been interviewed in the press, and he has talked about the media, and what he calls thro knee-jerk reactions to events, and an example of this is that after two successive defeats Joe Mourinho’s job is now reported to be on the line at Chelsea.

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho – job on the line?

This is what Alan had to say in the Guardian today:

“For us Premier League managers, it’s about trying to keep everybody’s feet firmly planted on the ground in reality, because some of the stuff that’s said is just complete fantasy,”

“I never actually thought we were in as bad a situation as some people were suggesting in the media and even our own fans,” “I thought there was an over-reaction to what happened in the summer but there always is with Newcastle.”

“Whether it’s good or bad, we get an over-reaction, and that’s the way the media is with the Premier League as well.” ” You have only got to look at Chelsea’s defeat the other night and suddenly the writing is on the wall for José Mourinho and that team.”

“It’s rubbish, really.” “You do get setbacks and you just have to keep a level head. We have kept a level head all the way through. We think we’ve got a good side.”

“I feel my side has more power to it, more offensive options this season.” “The extremes of the media are ridiculous at the moment,” said Pardew. “I really feel that.”

“I was watching the BBC 10:00 pm news on Wednesday night and Chelsea is a major story – they’d lost a game in Europe in a group, from which it looks to me they’ll qualify comfortably from.”

“You can’t ignore the media, it’s constantly in your face, whenever you turn on the TV. It’s Jamie Redknapp talking about the ‘crisis’ at Arsenal but then suddenly they’ve won four on the spin and 10 away on the trot.”

“I don’t know what the crisis is? Before that Champions League qualifying game they had at the start of the season, Arsene Wenger’s job was ‘on the line’.Come on, it’s ridiculous.”

It’s true that there are extreme reactions to results in the press, and that’s also true of Newcastle fans.

But we think that’s because of the  passion that’s attached to the Newcastle club by the fans, it’s a big part of their lives.

And it’s often hard to stay balanced about things that are associated with Newcastle – very hard..

So four wins in a row and we are talking about the Champions, and after two or three successive defeats – the discussion turns to relegation. 😀

It’s always been that way, and quite honestly – we cannot see that changing very  much at all with the Geordie fans.

What do you think?

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26 comments so far

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Sep 20, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #1

    Personally, I think the way this club is run they cause 90% of the bad press themselves. The PR is manic.

    NUFC has always been big news in the media, this regime has done us no favours at all on that front.

    Pardew may not be the best manager in the world but he is the most professional man at the club for me.

    How he has withstood the lies, undermining and controversy under this regime is beyond me.

    Fair play to the bloke with that.

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  • Blofal

    Sep 21, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #2

    Ben Arfa playing some lawn bowls type game (petanque) in 2009 with friends… check out the control… unbelievably confident thats for sure!

    http://hereisthecity.com/2013/09/20/hatem-ben-arfa-newcastle-united-petanque-shot-marseille/

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  • numba9

    Sep 21, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #3

    He is a silly man that parsnip puppet

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 21, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #4

    Never thought we were in a bad situation? What a prat. Record poor results and being gifted non relation by Swansea and Bosingwa. Give it a rest Pardew you spineless coward.

    A 5 year old could manage the starting 11 we have now Anita and Remy are in.

    Pardew’s riding on the back of the quality of players in that starting eleven from the last game. Jonas, Guti and Tiote would have been playing if they were all fit. The team has essentially picked itself now.

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  • jimmysmith

    Sep 21, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    Comment #5

    Were a massive club to Pards when he talks about pressures, expectations, fan base, stadium, history and a smaller club when it comes to competing in the transfer market and winning trophies seemingly. Bit of a convenient disconnect. Little wonder there’s frustration and concern about the direction the club is headed.

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  • JackButler

    Sep 21, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Comment #6

    Perhaps if there was some form of communication and no twisting of the truth on the part of the club, things would be very different.

    Every issue at the club has been brought on by the club and the half-arsed way its being run

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  • jimmysmith

    Sep 21, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    Comment #7

    Not complaining about Pards on a personal level there, as I think he is caught between a rock and a hard place as the mouthpiece for an owner who won’t back him to succeed.

    Given the right level of funds and a top technical coach, in the same way Ferguson was supported at Man U for example and I think he’d be a good bet to steer us to that long awaited trophy. Sadly for all concerned, bar the owner, he continues to be dealt a losing hand.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 21, 2013 at 3:38 AM

    Comment #8

    He’s just preparing his excuses if he goes on a losing streak. And will make reference to this interview. loll

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  • valle

    Sep 21, 2013 at 6:33 AM

    Comment #9

    Be carefull Pardew… We all know that you want to keep your job, but this is a dangerous road to walk after nearly relegating us. The media is what it is, there are good papers and bad papers and most of the last kind. But I would rather you just deal with it and make sure that you and the circus group running our club dont give them any ammo by doing a good job.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Sep 21, 2013 at 6:48 AM

    Comment #10

    I can’t help but chuckle at all the NUFC social media sites (and some posters on here) having a knee jerk reaction to Pardew’s Guardian article.
    This site seems to be the only one that endeavours to be impartial and fair time after time.
    The worrying thing is , the other sites take themselves so seriously and are so far up their own posteriors the humour of their reaction will probably evade them completely.

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  • John Tudor

    Sep 21, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #11

    the only pressure pardew feels is when he takes a dump

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Sep 21, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #12

    We still need either a new owner or for Mike to change his ways…feels like everything has gone quite just beause results are going our way?

    …what will happen when the inevitable happens? and it will!

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  • John Tudor

    Sep 21, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #13

    pardew head hunted by Crewe
    ashley seeks Buddhism renounces all worldly goods and chattles

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  • bills-son

    Sep 21, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #14

    Can anyone fill me in on the lies the club constantly tell?

    That’s not the lies the media tell about players we are supposedly interested in but don”t sign – the lies you say Pardew and Ashley have told.

    There must be loads of lies from their mouths because so many of you keep ranting on – so what are they?

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  • John Tudor

    Sep 21, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #15

    they know how to run a football club…..hahah

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  • bills-son

    Sep 21, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #16

    Laurent Robert 32

    A 5 year old could manage the first eleven we have?

    What a pathetic way of criticising Pardew. More like the type of thing a 5 year old would say – are you out of nappies yet?

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  • ballerfan2

    Sep 21, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #17

    Poor Pardew. No matter what he says a lot and surely you can’t disagree with what he is saying here, a lot of you guys use it as a stick to beat him.

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  • cestriasteve

    Sep 21, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #18

    bills completely agree, Pardew appears to be learning from past mistakes and what’s more has completely changed his strategy and formations that Reading game last season is just starting to fade, the only time in 32 years I ever walked out before the end of a match.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 21, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #19

    Bills, the team is jammed pack full of internationals and Pardew is an career underperforming coach.

    Without any management at all those players could go on a pitch and win a few games due to their natural ability.

    Good coaching comes from getting average players to perform well or good players to play very well as a team. Last year he helped make good players play poorly.

    Pardew wouldn’t play Anita, yet myself and others have wanted him in for months for the poor form Tiote. Now he’s in, he’s looked more than decent, keeping the ball on the floor and linking play. No wonder we’ve improved a bit last game.

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  • cestriasteve

    Sep 21, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #20

    Lauren Robert, if you were in the brown stuff as we were last year would you really have played Anita, our first priority was to survive, if things had been different and we had confidence then I think he may have played Anita but when your in a battle I can’t complain about him picking Tiote. Playing Sissoko on the wing mind, now that was madness!,,

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 21, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #21

    What would be the best way of criticising Pardew then?

    Record bad runs of results and multiple clubs? Contrasting interviews with in game strategy? Playing the same poor form players instead of capable players? Simply being in a job for being cheap cost to Ashley and a voice of his propaganda? Nearly relegating the side and making it sound like he’s done us a favour? Watching dross of tactics? Defending 1 nil leads. It’s endless.

    I’m not fickle to start saying oh Pardew is the man, when he’s not. Why was there an uproar about him coming in? Because he was rubbish then and is rubbish now.

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  • Slank

    Sep 21, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #22

    bills-son @ 13

    ‘..There must be loads of lies from their mouths because so many of you keep ranting on – so what are they?..’

    I think you might have a long wait.

    The problem is that Ashley is seen by many fans as a divine deity whose proclamations are very rare and so his every word and gesture is thoroughly and painstakingly analysed by his loyal faithful, being as they are pure of all sins and vices in mind and body, to see whether there could be a sacred message for them but alas they remain disappointed and confused.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 21, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #23

    Steve, Anita had 3 man of the matches in a row when Tiote was away, then lost as out as soon as he got back.

    Pardew but us in that bad struggle through inept tactics, coaching and generally just being not up to the task of a top manager.

    He’s just never been good enough, simple.

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  • Slank

    Sep 21, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #24

    Laurent Robert 32 @ 21

    You forgot to mention that Pardew just missed out on the Champions League and was voted the Manager of The Year.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 21, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #25

    Slank, I see his impressive coaching ability was evident before that season and after? No it wasn’t.

    If I shoot a basketball from the halfway line of a basketball court a number of tines, I’ll eventually get one in. When that goes in, it would be foolish to believe I could keep that it up every time, when previously I had endured a prolonged length of failure in achieving my goal. This is Pardew.

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  • bobby mango

    Sep 21, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #26

    Laurent Robert – I completely agree with you (well the 5 yr comment was OTT but I got your point). Sadly people aren’t bothering to see the reasoning in your argument, they’re just brandishing you as a hater.

    We’ve had some good results. I’m delighted and I do feel more optimistic about this season, than I ever did, for all of last season. After the first few games of last season I knew we were gonna struggle – we were playing terribly. It just got worse and worse, except the slight revival with the Chelsea 3-2 and Southampton 4-2 period.

    When this season started we were drubbed 4-0, plus only having signed 1 loanee I don’t think people overreacted. It was perfectly legitimate to fear as we did.

    Now what’s happened is things have turned around by Pardew doing what so so many of us having been saying he should’ve done last season… 4-3-3, no Jonas, no Tiote. He keeps saying Remy is the key but he could’ve tried Gouf in that position or Marv even.
    I understand why he kept faith with robust players and formation but understanding it doesn’t mean it was the right thing to do. We had cup/euro games he could’ve experimented in if he was afraid to try it first in the league.

    So I don’t think Pards has had too much of a hard time. If he shows he’s learned from mistakes and keeps picking players on form, in a balanced formation, then he regain respect and my confidence in him. It’s starting but a few good results don’t instantly erase the memories of a season of diabolical decisions.

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