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We Have A Very Good Manager – He Talks To Us All The Time

10:35 am, Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 21 Comments

When Newcastle United appointed Alan Pardew as manager almost three years ago, we were shocked, because Alan had done nothing in his career that seemed to justify him taking over the top position at the club.

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Cheick Tiote - we have a very good manager

And in the three years he’s been at the club, he’s taken Newcastle to a surprise 5th place finish in the Premier League, and last season struggled as Newcastle were surprisingly fighting against relegation, and getting just 7 points (two wins and a draw) in 13 successive league games would have seen most managers in the Premier League fired.

But he wasn’t, and while we shouldn’t jump to conclusions or be too upbeat after a couple of wins (but that’s difficult right now), things seem to be looking up at Newcastle.

Cheick Tote certainly thinks Alan is a good manager, and he had this to say in the local press today

“We’ve got a very good manager.” “He is open with the players and he talks all the time with us.” “He has put his trust in us and when we play tough games like Tottenham and Chelsea it gives us the belief we can go out and win.”

“You need to believe in yourselves because if you don’t have confidence it is difficult to win.” “The manager gives us that and he tells us what we have to do on the pitch as a team because not only one player can win, we have to do it together and that is the key.”

And Cheick has looked like his old self in these last few games as he’s captained the side in Colo’s absence, and he’s shown close to his best ever form for the side.

And of course he’s pushed to do that by Dutchman Vurnon Anita, who has been in excellent form this season, now that he’s used to the Premier League after he struggled a little with the physicality of the league last season.

But now both Vurnon and Cheick look like top class midfielders in the Newcastle shirt, and that’s got to be very good for the team.

Hey – maybe we can do very well this season in the league?

But of course a defeat by Norwich will bring us back to reality – and very quickly too.

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21 responses so far ↓

  • 1 croftus5678 // Nov 13, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    pards was good in his first season (not perfect by all means) then went abismal last season with his just defend everything but i must admit he’s started to entertain me now and seems to be a different manager from last year.

    and if krull learnt how to kick or throw the ball out i suspect our defence would be a lot more solid and we would create more entertaining footy.

  • 2 low fell mag // Nov 13, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    I think I will keep out of this post ,as I should expect it to be quite busy and very nixed .
    Look forward to reading the posts

  • 3 Hatem's better than Messi // Nov 13, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Things are looking up … oh dear. Norwich win then.

  • 4 jackostoon // Nov 13, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Morning folks,
    I know it’s a tad late, but, I’d be tempted to play Santon at right back and haderia on the left, from what I’ve seen so far,I really like the look of this lad.

  • 5 jackostoon // Nov 13, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Low fell mag,
    Chicken lol.

  • 6 mindshaft // Nov 13, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Actually someone made a good point in the last post about problems toon could face if France get knocked out of world cup over the next week.

    Be interesting to see how committed our french contingent would be with no prospect of WC acction, motivating players such as Cabaye, Remy and Debuchy will be difficult and I imagine the only reason Cabaye wouldn’t leave in January is because if he moves to a ‘big’ club he could potentially end up on the bench and miss WC due to not playing

  • 7 cyprus // Nov 13, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Ed,
    I guess someone must tell it to you straight: There’s only one Santon in the team, good though he is.

    I’m going to agree here in this article with you. Our back 5 (including goalie, given our last game!) is not too bad and if one player has a stinker, then others can take over. For instance, Taylor was a given starter before and I really think he should only be retained as a token Geordie. He was ok to begin with but he hasn’t improved. It’s probably down to his injuries. Which is the main reason he should only be a squad member. Pity, but true.

    ON THIS THREAD:
    Ed,
    you’re a bit of a fan of Pard’s aren’t you? Me, I’m still undecided. He gives me Hull, then Chelsea. But, is he bringing out the best out of these players? Our most talented player out, a wonder CF can’t score in a brothel. Mixed messages. Stability will be key. Jury still out, let’s see what we get out of the next VERY hard games.

  • 8 Hatem's better than Messi // Nov 13, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Personally I’m not a Pardew fan.
    He’s a PR puppet for Ashley.
    Pleased to see us winning, I hope we don’t win too many or we might get into Europe.

    Pardew isn’t good enough to manage in Europe that’s why he makes all the anti-Europe quotes.
    Europe is a problem for Pardew not an honour for the club.

    He can talk all he wants to Tiote and Tiote can pat Pardew on the back in the press. (Get that armband boy) But most of us know he’s nowhere near good enough to be Newcastle’s manager.

  • 9 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Nov 13, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Ibiza

    from previous thread

    Bring on Norwich for another ride on the TOON Roller-Coaster

  • 10 martoon // Nov 13, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    I think even the most ardent Pardew hater would agree that Pardew seems to be quite a good man manager and the players seem to like him (of course in public they are not going to say anything else). It is his football coaching and tactics that people have a problem with – personally I don’t think he is too bad

  • 11 Yohan Kebab // Nov 13, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Just to put this out there, dummett is the same age as santon

  • 12 Hatem's better than Messi // Nov 13, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    martoon

    … and his lying, excuse making mouth.

  • 13 Scottiedog // Nov 13, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    We need to start against Norwich with a bang and Attack rather than sit back. Norwich’s defence is shite so it maybe an opportunity for Cisse to break his duck!! I would also start Guti as LB and put Santon on the right. Anyway I really can only see an easy win for us here.

    Also can we now STOP ripping into Ashley & Pardew and now focus on supporting the team please. Pardew and Ashley are here for the long term so stop whining like children.

  • 14 bobby mango // Nov 13, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Bit extreme calling Pards good!
    Last season there’s a plethora of evidence to the contrary. As well as his second seasons at his other clubs.

    To be fair he is starting to address some of his mistakes. Like playing form players and dropping favourites. Also formation seems a bit more suitable this season. Set plays looked more inventive.
    Main thing is we’ve not been hoofing it (as much) and played some nice stuff.
    That said the positives are punctuated by some horror shows.

  • 15 Yohan Kebab // Nov 13, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    The manager gives us that and he tells us what we have to do on the pitch as a team because not only one player can win, we have to do it together and that is the key.

    swipe at HBA?

  • 16 Maladoni 69 // Nov 13, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    I think some are being a tad harsh on Pardew.

    It’s not really his fault the club didn’t invest after finishing 5th. Europe was stretching the squad a lot especially with key injuries we had last season.

    What’s pleasing this season is he’s not got players out of position. He’s pretty fluid with his formations. Tatically he’s got more right than wrong. The 6 lads that have come in (with Ba going out), are established now and he’s getting the best out of average (Williamsom / Shola) as well.

    That’s fairly decent. Problem is he’s seen as Ashley’s mate and when the owner doesn’t invest its Pardews fault. From the recent fans meeting their doesn’t seem to be much ambition at the club so its difficult to see how he can take the team to the next level, but with the resources available I think he’s doing a decent enough job.

  • 17 toonincheek // Nov 13, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Hatem’s NOT better than Messi -

    AP HAS to be a PR puppet for MA – thyats part of his job.
    But to use that as the sole criticism of AP is a blinkered approach.

    I’m not a diehard AP fan by any means, but let’s be realistic and judge AP on how much he gets out of the players. That’s his real job.

    Now there, there is room for criticism.

  • 18 toonincheek // Nov 13, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Maladoni -

    At the time, there was little investment in the squad as :
    1. we thought some of the younsters would step up. Many on this blog were complaining they were not being given a chance.
    Europa leage was their chance to step up – they did not.

    2. We suffered far more injuries than could have reasonably been anticipated.

    3. I think the effect of a midweek game was underestimated (by this Blog). Not specifically tiredness, as there were so many reserves involved, but in the lack of time during the week to prepare the team for the weekend PL fixture.

  • 19 scubydu // Nov 13, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    scottie dog
    gutti at left back ? whats wrong with haidara ,hes young talented and a proper left back. dont play square pegs in round holes. gutti is past it and should only be used as back up

  • 20 scubydu // Nov 13, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    scottie dog
    i agree with the rest of your post tho

  • 21 Jeff from Benwell // Nov 13, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Couple of points
    1) Nice to know NUFC is not the only club with dickheed bloggers – on one of the Spurs sites they are calling for AVB’s head for losing to us on Sunday – unbelievable.
    2) Ahead of Remy in the French world cup squad are
    Gignac
    Gomis
    Lacazette
    Benzema
    Giroud




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