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Confusion Over Alan Pardew

9:04 pm, Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 84 Comments

There have been various reports today that Mike Ashley met with Alan Pardew after the game last night, and that Alan Pardew had offered to resign his position as Newcastle manager after the defeat against Everton, but that Mike Ashley did not accept his resignation, but simply told him he had to do better.

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Alan Pardew – no meeting with Mike Ashley

But we’d be very surprised if Alan Pardew offered to resign, it just doesn’t seem to be in his DNA to resign from the best job he has ever had, as the Newcastle manager.

The Chronicle came out a few hours ago and said those rumors of a meeting with Mike Ashley were simply not true, and that could be that Lee Ryder knew Alan’s whereabouts after the game last night.

But we don’t think Mike Ashley would not fire Alan Pardew because of the compensation he would have to pay out to the manager, John Carver and his other coaches.

For a financial guy like Mike Ashley he would hardly have given the manager and coaches a long  eight year contract without having a suitable cancellation clause in the contract.

And we would guess it would cost Newcastle around one years’ wages for Alan and his coaches,  if Mike decided to sack the manager.

But Alan Pardew will be given games to turn this thing around, and Pardew must determine what the best back four are, and play them against Cardiff City,

We also saw some headlines today of Alan Pardew being sacked, but there’s simply nothing behind that ridiculous headline.

The game at Cardiff City is huge for Newcastle and Alan Pardew, and we have to see a much better performance than we have witnessed in the last two league games.

A win would give us 10 points from 7 games and would help to steady the ship just a little bit.

That’s what we’re hoping for.

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84 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Marty-Toon // Oct 1, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    Transfer sage
    I get ya there,we would certainly be happy to see the team doing that but just as we were when the entertainers where in full flow the fans of football teams are fickle.
    When we were in 2nd 3rd and 4th we knew we were close yet never made it and that became very frustrating.
    It’s the same for Arsenal fans,they’ve been so close yet always like ourselves had one or two dodgy defenders.
    So I guess we’d be happy to be in and around fourth every year playing like they do but we’d also get fed up of being the almost team

  • 2 Grafton83 // Oct 1, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    If this is true its a disgrace, dont believe it for a second though. Whats the point in offering a resignation, if you want to resign you just bloody do it. Pards hasnt got the balls to leave the best club he will ever get to manage, he’ll play this out till the bitter end then will get Joe as manager and itll get far worse before it gets better probably

    Honestly though, could Joe do a worse job because I could put up with all his stupid cliams, statements, dillusions and rants if he got us winning football matches

  • 3 ToonDarnSarf // Oct 1, 2013 at 9:19 PM


    Moyes worked under similar financial constraints for 10 years at Everton. They often sold a player to make ends meet.

  • 4 JackButler // Oct 1, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Pardew stays as long as Ashley stays

  • 5 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 1, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Ed, I don’t think it is that ridiculous to sack Pardew! Mike might not do it, but it is not ridiculous 😉

  • 6 JackButler // Oct 1, 2013 at 9:24 PM


    Moyes was one of the highest paid managers in the league while at Everton on 4 million a year

  • 7 stuart no9 // Oct 1, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    We also saw some headlines today of Alan Pardew being sacked, but there’s simply nothing behind that rather ridiculous headline ‘ ED , Why is that headline so rididclous? – nothing could be less ridiculous- he should have been sacked last year

  • 8 Mister Tuff // Oct 1, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    TDS -previous post about the democratic assessment process at SJP.
    1. Speak to Percy and get his assessment of the season.
    2. Speak to players and get feedback.
    3. Speak to coaches and other staff.
    After reviewing all the evidence, carefully gathered,El Gourdo is able to make an informed decision on keeping Percy.
    Haha ha, ha, ha ha.
    TDS do you honestly believe that -come on you’re “aving a girafe”.

  • 9 santonthenewmaldini // Oct 1, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Maybe Pardew feels he has lost the dressing room and thats why he offered the “supposed” resignation

    Missed some of the chat last night as was too pissed off to be online but was anyone not worried that Mbiwa and Arfa did not come out for the 2nd half ? Did they throw in the towel, ask to be subbed??

    Seems strange but we played much much better as a team without Arfa I still maintain that he is not a winger and would be better as a no 10 2 hard working wingers who cover our fullbacks would maybe be better for our overall play ? Should have signed Ince and Redmond!

  • 10 Big Pappa Cissé // Oct 1, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Why on earth did we let Forster go ?

  • 11 JackButler // Oct 1, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Big Pappa Cissé

    Simply because he wanted to our 1st choice keeper and that was never gonna happen with Krul at the club

  • 12 Big Pappa Cissé // Oct 1, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    @ JB

    I honestly think he is on Par with Krul, plus he is a local lad .

  • 13 santonthenewmaldini // Oct 1, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    @Big Pappa Cisse

    Because he is not better than Krul and would not be content with a place on the bench ! I watch him quite a lot in Scotland and he is not actually that great not really much better than Elliot simple really

  • 14 Marty-Toon // Oct 1, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Watching the Celtic game
    Why did we let Forster go?
    3 amazing top drawer saves

  • 15 stuart no9 // Oct 1, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    TDS—— not really bothered what everton do ! NUFC- ashley – jfk concern me.

  • 16 JackButler // Oct 1, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Big Pappa Cissé

    Not for me mate. Celtic are the only decent side in Scotland and whereas he does well in Europe it’s a different story when you have to do it week in week out.

    how much pressure does he come under as Celtic’s keeper compared to what Krul has to face every week

  • 17 ToonDarnSarf // Oct 1, 2013 at 9:34 PM


    Pardew’s contract will be massively incentive based.

  • 18 Big Pappa Cissé // Oct 1, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    @ JB

    I would say Krul edges it slightly, but how else can Forster prove himself ? . We never gave him a chance in the PL, and if you can do it against Barca you can do it against most teams IMO .

    For me Krul is suspect with his decision making and distribution .

  • 19 calvinho // Oct 1, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    It’s clearly been a disappointing start to the season……again.
    I really think that the French contingent isn’t helping our cause. When you play away at the likes of Everton or West Ham, you will expect to be put under pressure for periods of the game. Much like when teams come to SJP. However, we sometimes need that British grit and determination that was so evidently missing yesterday. Cabaye aside (who at least was closing down and being aggressive), our foreign players lack this attribute. Krul sh1t himself for the 3rd. Mbiwa was dreadful. Santon is poor without Gutierez sat in front of him. It’s that Kevin Nolan character that is so clearly missing.

  • 20 stuart no9 // Oct 1, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    marty- toon —– because at the moment our owners – manager – DO -F//k all couldnt spot talent if it hit them on the back of the head with a mallet, what a keeper he is and what a game he had tonight.

  • 21 Toon Tang // Oct 1, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    what a goalkeeper forster is. absolute cat man double saving flying zorro demon.

  • 22 JackButler // Oct 1, 2013 at 9:38 PM


    There’s a massive difference to have an incentive based deal to having a guaranteed 4 million a year

  • 23 ToonDarnSarf // Oct 1, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Mister Tuff

    He must have. You don’t grow a massive business like he has without assessing performance of key employees.

  • 24 santonthenewmaldini // Oct 1, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Is anyone really worried about this season ? I thought after the Villa game and Hull 1st half we had turned a corner but we are now falling apart

    Cardiff will attack us right from the start and with Campbell and Bellamy up front they have the pace to give our defence nightmares then with Pardew in charge I honestly cant see how we will not get pumped off Liverpool he cant play against teams like that has no plan

    Mackems could have a new manager who could get them up for it then its Chelsea and Spurs after that is it not ?? Worrying times indeed

    I tell you I would not mind Forster back at the moment put him and Krul in goal at the same time we might stand a chance !ha ha

  • 25 ToonDarnSarf // Oct 1, 2013 at 9:40 PM


    Yeah. You’d have thought Pardew would have extra motivation to do well! :-)

  • 26 Toon Tang // Oct 1, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    scott brown the original flying hatchet man as well doing what he does best.

  • 27 JackButler // Oct 1, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Big Pappa Cissé

    At the time that Forster was here Krul was light years ahead of him in every area and he wanted a first team place which no one would have given him over Krul.

    Agree he may look good against Barca in the Champions League but can he do the same every single week?

  • 28 Toon Tang // Oct 1, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    santon- pace is something we cant deal with at all. add to that power as well and we crumble like aunty winifreds crab apple crumble

  • 29 JackButler // Oct 1, 2013 at 9:42 PM


    And thats the reason why Ashley will never employ a top class manager as it would cost him more than he’d ever be willing to pay

  • 30 Marty-Toon // Oct 1, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Hit the nail on the heed there.

  • 31 ToonDarnSarf // Oct 1, 2013 at 9:44 PM


    Any confident manager should be ok with an incentive based contract.

  • 32 JackButler // Oct 1, 2013 at 9:47 PM


    As long as they had a decent transfer budget and total control over who comes in and who goes out.

    No manager would accept that type of deal where any player can be sold and nothing reinvested

  • 33 Big Pappa Cissé // Oct 1, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    @ JB

    I guess we will never know now .

  • 34 GeordieTwo // Oct 1, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Tell Pardew he has to do better after all the struggles of this season and last. What does that mean? Does Pardew just press his Be a Better Manager Button? The only reason Pardew isn’t already sacked is that Ashley is cheap and gutless.

  • 35 dcdick // Oct 1, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Pardew out !!!

  • 36 Jamiemac // Oct 1, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    santon – mbiwa was utter shite thats why he got subbed. HBA was also playing shite but he’s our matchwinner so I found that a bit more strange

  • 37 theartfuldodger // Oct 1, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    I feel so sorry for cabaye now. He could be top of the table at arsenal. Instead he is fighting relegation and will perhaps do so for 2 years.

    Hughton was sacked when least expected.
    Many Many ppl wanting Pardew out for sometime now but he is still here.
    Ashley-Personal or professional ?

  • 38 Krul To Be Kind // Oct 1, 2013 at 9:58 PM


    Neymar rushed to hospital after being poked on facebook

  • 39 jimmysmith // Oct 1, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    An incentive based contract and an owner with deep pockets and short arms, any competent, established, self respecting manager wouldn’t have a bar of it and it might end up with Pardew walking.

  • 40 ToonDarnSarf // Oct 1, 2013 at 10:13 PM


    You’re speculating. I’d bet quite a few managers have accepted that kind of deal. And it’s also pure speculation on Pardew’s salary. If I was him then I’d have jumped ship when I got 5th to get a better deal. I reckon he’s on a proper deal but highly incentivised.

  • 41 MUTINYbyLEMONS // Oct 1, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    I don’t think many people in Pardew’s position would resign.

  • 42 GeordieTwo // Oct 1, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Talking about this another blog. Why not bring Dummett in against Cardiff? I think he is the better defender already over Santon. If it’s Willo and Colo in the middle and Debuchy at RB we may have a better defense. If Cabaye is injured keep him out or it will only get worse. I would put Anita in there with Sissoko sitting deeper and possibly Marveaux. Benny in the middle behind 2 strikers as I’ve already said.

  • 43 GeordieTwo // Oct 1, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Ashley can’t get around hiring a good experienced manager with foreign experience as far as I can tell. Otherwise it’s more of the same. 16th place and more excuses. His attempts so far have been pathetic. Shearer with 8 games left and no managerial experience? What a joke. Hire a top manager (Keegan) and lie to him and then get sued. Why don’t we just bring in Kinnear’s granny and get it over with?

  • 44 banjax // Oct 1, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    I doubt Pardew offered to resign because then he would not be due any payment under contractual law and doubtless Ashley would have jumped at the chance to save severance money for Pardew. More likely Pardew was told he is in the last chance saloon by Ashley and given a specific number of points to achieve by a certain time. In any case Pardew will have a performance clause in his contract which will reduce any compensation he is due. One final rumour going around though is that Crystal Palace are said to be waiting for AP to become available. Go with God AP !

  • 45 GeordieTwo // Oct 1, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    That makes a lot of sense banjax @44. Crystal Palace can have him.

  • 46 GeordieTwo // Oct 1, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Shocking to see Bolton in 23rd place in the Championship. Talk about a fall from grace.

  • 47 jimmysmith // Oct 1, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    I think if the dressing room has been lost, it’s more likely been lost by Ashley than Pardew, who seems to be walking a knifes edge.

  • 48 jimmysmith // Oct 1, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Ashley has grown his businesses off the back of predatory opportunism, exploitation and the minimum wage.

    Seriously, why did he come in for us and what hope is their for us?

    Ashley out!

  • 49 GeordieTwo // Oct 1, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Our long ball movement out to the wings has never been very impressive. It’s not one of our strengths, any more than crossing and corners are. Our best moves have been coming from Anita through Gouffran and Remy. When Benny is on his game he can threaten but it’s useless to expect him to defend or bring the ball 30 or 40 yards down the wing. It’s his play around the box and his shot and last pass that we need most from him. Push him up the field or forget about him. A cautious defensive game is not his style or strength and never will be.

  • 50 GeordieTwo // Oct 1, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Spot on jimmysmith @48. He’s a predatory opportunist, nothing more. Take you slime trail off to Rangers and Scotland Mike.

  • 51 GeordieTwo // Oct 1, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Should read take your slime trail… of course.

  • 52 jimmysmith // Oct 1, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    ToonDarnSarf, I read your posts with interest, but it seems to me that you’re saying that even though Ashley is clearly a poor owner, if you’re not in a position to affect change then don’t try.

    But why do you suggest the anti Ashley movement is likely impotent and incompetent and so unable to gather momentum once it gets started. It really comes across as quite resigned.

  • 53 GeordieTwo // Oct 1, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    We don’t look like a team who can sit deep and counter attack. We have to get on the ball higher up the field and turn it over before it gets into our half as with the second half against Everton. A great defending team we are not. Play to our strengths Pardew or risk more disasters.

  • 54 jimmysmith // Oct 1, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Seems Pardew is setting us up to play a more attacking game now we have Remy. I actually hope he perseveres, but yes, it clearly is exposing our defensive weaknesses. He is struggling to find the right balance, blend and approach, but I see him as closer now ironically than he has been for quite some time. I don’t want him sacked, I want Ashley to support him in finding the 2 to 3 players we lack.

  • 55 Rooster // Oct 1, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Jimmysmith, I have a feeling they will try for a couple as usual in the winter window, we all know Mike likes to save for his retirement, in the meantime we suffer with these custard clowns, the most part anyways.

  • 56 nufcalex // Oct 1, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    call me naive, but I can see a January splash in the market, sports direct is now on the share market and 1/2 way through the season if we are hovering around 12-16th place I see a 30m cash injection going into the club. Doesn’t all premier league clubs get £50-60 million more this year?

  • 57 GeordieTwo // Oct 1, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    It’s going to depend on the next few results jimmysmith @54. If we’re really struggling I can’t see Ashley going into another window with Pardew in charge mate.

  • 58 headtheball // Oct 1, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Who does the manager credit for the turnaround in performance of the second half at Goodison ? If you listen to his interview at 1:17 it’s ME!
    I feature more than ToonDarnSarf!
    I’m famous!
    I think it’s time to apply for his job.
    Nice one Alan, Nice one son, Nice one Alan,
    Let’s have another one.

  • 59 beddersmag // Oct 1, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Guys its not pardew thats struggling its the players. Are you seriously blaming him for that mess? Gary Neville was a guy i never liked as a player without any reason, but as a pundit he is brilliant, fair and intelligent. He said no manager can legislate for those types of decisions and he feels sorry for pardew. I totally agree.

    We lack leaders within the group who come to the fore when things get tough. He gets slated even when hes making the decisions peope seem to want.

    Also, dont feel sorry for cabaye hes the weakest of them all, but gets by on simply having more talent than most.

  • 60 beddersmag // Oct 2, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    By decisions i meant players decision making btw. Full backs and centre halfs specifically. 3 terrible goals gifted to them

  • 61 Ben3arfa // Oct 2, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Roberto Di Matteo is a fantastic manager who also is a first team coach , boy do our team need a motivator to sort out the mess we are in

  • 62 Ciaran // Oct 2, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    RDM is a shocking manager. Better than Pardew but let’s not be ridiculous

  • 63 Laurent Robert 32 // Oct 2, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Been busy today so just caught up with the blog. It has been a good read this evening.

    The endless arguments against the lying trio continue.

    How they can be even slightly backed now is astonishing.

    Pardew… no host of injuries, no grass that is too long(!) No European Football (didn’t Swansea win their next league game) no tiredness, no lack of forward (losing WITH Remy playing) no this excuse or that excuse. You are an incapable manger to manage our players. You’ve proved it time and time again. Ashley this ultimately stops with you.

    We continue to play poorly on the whole barring an odd 15 mins here or 20 mins there every other game. Extremely limited to no chances created in the box and our shots total are basically all around the 25 yard line.

    Cabaye got the goal, like Ben Arfa against Fulham, through his ability alone, NOT through good teamplay, which should be our bread and butter goals.

    Pardew is inept at being a Premier League manager, proven time and time again and he lies from game to game. Pre-match and post match interviews plus the game content just keeps showing him up for the sly and slimey fool which he is.

    The ultimate in live action puppetry.

  • 64 Laurent Robert 32 // Oct 2, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Beattie, good long post earlier on btw.

  • 65 yorkymag // Oct 2, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Was a nightmare at WBA and let terry and lampard do as they wished at Chelsea
    Not the answer but to be frank it will make no difference while the fat cockney is in toon who managers us

  • 66 Sav // Oct 2, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    Sick of the whingeing on here. As fathead Carragher said last night, when did Newcastle last have a really solid defence? All through the KK years it was our Achilles heel and it is still the case. Pardew said he needed a new CB and a striker all summer. He told it straight after the match. He kicked ass at half time. What more do you want?
    And here’s a secret for ya. – Pardew will not resign. He is the best we can get in the circumstances and he is on an 7 year contract. Would you lot resign and let Mashley appoint JFK to your job and you get no compensation? Never heard such crap in all my life.

  • 67 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:05 AM

    So Jimmy…you want to wait and see in January if Ashley supports Pardew or not? Knowing it might not happen and that we might we worse for wear?

    …it sure is a gamble and exactly what we did last season! Look where that got us!

    I think it is time we all fezz up to the reality that this is not going to get any better – we are just prolonging the unavoidable if you ask me!

  • 68 scout // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:35 AM

    Just had to mention ambrose at the back for Celtic, what a player he looks.

  • 69 John Tudor // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:42 AM

    fire sale in january

  • 70 geoff777 // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    Inept all last season. Looks like nothing has changed. Sack him asap. Should have gone last January. Simply not good enough.

  • 71 Sydney Toon // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:51 AM


    This is what I have been talking about for quite a while now. If we cannot have success and consistency on the pitch how can we reap the rewards off it. Yes there are things that frustrate us all on the MA front and there may well be a better owner out there, but we are stuck with MA unless he sells. So, the model and strategy remains but the squad put together is good enough to punch within themselves and get a top 8 finish. Pardew is setting us up good on paper, but when we cant even put together a consistent 75min performance, let alone a 90min performance, there are big issues. Against teams like Everton, we should be able to let the punches fly and play well enough to at least draw if not win. They are not any different to us. Both have core strengths and weaknesses. Pardew has to go. It may take another month or so, but I think he will go.
    the whole model and strategy relies on it. Maybe, just maybe, if this squad can play consistently under Pardew then he will stay if not, even if we are sitting in 10-12th, he must go on the basis that consistency and final placings are more important. In the end it brings in revenue and so forth. If we are playing well, we are likely to get more premium advertised matches with Sky, that will benefit us financially. At some point and I think MA is at that point, that if he has to make a decision for the better running of the club and that person is Pardew, then he will make that decision. I have no doubt Llambias was involved in keeping Pardew in, only now is JK in and all of a sudden, MA apparently is getting hot under the collar. Lets hope a change is made before the seasons gets too far away on us. At least Sunderland saw that if a change was not made then they would have lost valuable time in avoiding relegation, although it will be great to see them go down. A change needs to be made by early November, my target for Pardew would be an unbeaten October, with 75% of the points coming from wins. MA got rid of CH based on the strategy and he felt Hughton did not meet the criteria. If he feels that AP needs to go to get better performances with the squad we have, then I believe he will do it.

  • 72 theartfuldodger // Oct 2, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    Not everyone works only for money. Some ppl have pride.
    Poor Pardew and his family will die of hunger if he resigns and is unemployed for some time.

    What more do I want from Pardew ? Nothing, cause I want him gone.

    If Pardew stays for 7 years and finishes around 15th every yr, iL hate him perhaps more than Ashley.

    I dont expect investment in Jan. A player or two may come but it will make no difference.

    I want to say that Im sick of the positivity shown here, but honestly there hardly is any this week.

  • 73 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 2, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    If Mike sticks with Pardew he is just prolonging the unavoidable and making matters worse!

  • 74 jimmysmith // Oct 2, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    We are playing are more attacking game, Pardew hasn’t got it right clearly , but he is on the right track. I’d like to see him given a few more weeks and ideally a progressive young coach to assist him. If it comes together, then some reinforcements in January. Ideally and realistically that is, as things stand.

    As for Ashley, he can go to buggery whenever he likes.

  • 75 theartfuldodger // Oct 2, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    I would like a 90min footage of Ashley at both games. I want to see how much he really gets this club. Emotions dont lie.

  • 76 lesh // Oct 2, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    jimmysmith, you’re right that if the dressing room hqsbeen lost, then Ashley, ably and inadvertently assisted by Kinnear, must take most of the responsibility for that. Bringing Kinnear in and sitting with him at the Hull match wouldn’t inspire player confidence in Pardew – especially as the two of them spectacularly undermined him during the summer transfer window! Who in their right mind would take Kinnear as a source of advice in regard to a major investment in a business called Newcastle United? Pffft!

  • 77 Scottishmag1 // Oct 2, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    Team for Saturday with a few changes:


    Debuchy. Williamson. Colo. dummet


    Anita Cabaye. Santon

    Remy. Goufran.

  • 78 Jail for Ashley // Oct 2, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    An interesting point about Ashley losing thr dressing room, well he certainly lost during our relegation season when Pardew was nowhere near the club, so basically the common demoinator to the shambles going on is Mike Ashley as Pardew wont be here but Mike Ashley will be when we either get relegated or narrowly avoid it at the end of this season.

  • 79 Malta Mag // Oct 2, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    In all my time supporting Newcastle, I don’t remember being so confused. There’s a part of me that would like to see Pardew turn things around as unlike most I like the bloke. On the other hand it’s clear for whatever reason that he is not getting the best out of arguably one of the best squads we’ve had for years . I also think he was in a no win situation from the day he was appointed simply because there was neither a historical or geographical connection to the club.
    If he does go then the question would be who do you replace him with? The cries are for a foreign coach but I’m quite proud of the fact that our last four managers have been British? So here’s a name of someone that never gets mentioned yet who I think fits the bill perfectly for both charisma and style of football, Ian Holloway? He too has no historical or geographical connection but would bring some much needed smiles to this great club of ours.Answers on a postcard

  • 80 Scottishmag1 // Oct 2, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Malta mag

    Frying pan into the fire springs to mind, admittedly he would get the best out of the players from a physical stand point, not sure of his tactical prowess……..just look at the teams like Swansea, Liverpool, arsenal etc, they know how to play and also have the right players in the right positions supporting each other going forward and defensively.

  • 81 Jail for Ashley // Oct 2, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    Are we talking about the same Ian Holloway that relegated Blackpool and is about to be relegated with Crystal Palace.

  • 82 Scottishmag1 // Oct 2, 2013 at 8:35 AM


    Thoughts on my team at 77?

  • 83 Rotonda heights // Oct 2, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Pardew’s sacking is way overdue. With his extremely mediocre and average CV he should never have been here in the first place and his dark age, archaic tactics and negative football have been found out yet again.

    OK not many buys in the summer but 6 new signings didn’t just magic themselves here in January. Remy, Cabaye, M’Biwa, Sissoko and Debuchy are half the current French team and looked great before being ”Pardewed”!!

    I don’t think it’s just coincidence that so many players are off form and look so thoroughly confused and demotivated. Pardew is a man who preferred Mullins and Harewood to those no hopers Tevez and Mascherano. lol !!! Enough said.

    JFK wasn’t here to undermine Pardew when we finished 16th. Pardew is just poor, period and excuses are running out..

  • 84 Malta Mag // Oct 2, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Jail for Ashley
    Yes Halloway was relegated with Blackpool and I agree with Crystal Palace being relegation candidates but what’s the difference between him and Martinez’s appointment at Everton and who seems so popular on these pages? Blackpool played some of the best football in the Premier League and don’t forget he got them punching above their weight when they got promoted.

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