Six Highlights Of Alan Pardew’s Newcastle Career – So Far


Alan Pardew was appointed manager of Newcastle United on December 7th, 2010, after Chris Hughton had been ruthlessly fired by Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.

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Alan Pardew – Newcastle United manager

And Alan did reasonably well in that season as we finished 12th top – and the next season we were 5th top and Alan won the Barclay’s Premier League Manager of the Year and the LMA (League Managers Association) Manager of the Year, the first time any Newcastle manager had won either of those awards.

But then last season, when we were in Europe, we were struggling mightily against relegation,  and simply couldn’t cope with the extra Europa League games, when we reached the quarter finals of that competition.

Here are some highlights of Alan’s career as the Newcastle manager – so far.

  • In Alan’s very first game he came in cold, and had only a couple of days to get the side ready for the home game against Liverpool, after the management change on Tyneside, and he was successful in getting players like Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton immediately on his side, and got his first win – a good 3-1 win at home to Liverpool.
  • After Andy Carroll was sold for £35M on the last day of January two years ago, in the first home game after the sale we didn’t turn up in that first half, and were 4-0 down after 26 minutes to Arsenal. But whatever Alan said in the dressing room, Newcastle came storming back to score four goals in the last 26 minutes, culminating in that  fantastic equalizer from Cheick Tiote – and Newcastle’s comeback was the greatest ever in the Premier League, and made headlines around the world. We’d love to know exactly what Alan Pardew said at half time in that game.
  • In January of last year Newcastle decimated Manchester United at home 3-0, and our lads put in a terrific performance when we were just simply too good for the Red Devils, and it’s one of the best home wins at St.  James’ Park, and our players were simply fantastic on the night, and the game plan worked to perfection.
  • As Newcastle were in the home stretch a year last May, we played Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in our third last game of the season, and came away with a terrific 2-0 win, which meant we would finish above Chelsea in the league table. And that game was lit up by a magnificent goal from Papiss Cisse, his second of  the game, when he hit the ball from the left wing after 90 minutes played, and the ball flew into the back of the net. After the game Papiss had said he was too tired and didn’t try to hold the ball, but simply took a speculative shot – which was one of the goals of the season.
  • A few weeks ago we welcomed Chelsea at home and suffered a difficult first half, when Chelsea had most of the game, but in the second half our lads came storming back and outplayed Chelsea and won the game 2-0 for a fantastic win. Again Alan showed he’s a good tactician and the plan was to contain Chelsea in the first half, after we had played in midweek and been taken to extra time by Manchester City in the League Cup – but in the second half we attacked Chelsea  and thoroughly deserved another famous win at St. James’ Park.
  • And last but not least is the last game at Manchester United on Saturday, which was Alan’s third year anniversary of joining the club. Alan Pardew’s game plan was excellent and simply brilliantly carried out by the players as we won for the first time in 41 years at Old Trafford – a fitting win for Alan Pardew  on his third year anniversary leading Newcastle United.

Alan Pardew still has his detractors at Newcastle, as does owner Mike Ashley,  and for that matter Director of Football Joe Kinnear.

But hey, all we want to see is Newcastle continuing to be successful,  and there’s now little doubt that our squad right now is the best we’ve had since Sir Bobby Robson was managing the club about ten years ago.

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170 comments so far

  • G

    Dec 9, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #1

    Whilst we have to aplaud the current circumstances, I still can’t help but feel that he is still the wrong man for the job. Delighted that he’s having a bloody good go at proving me wrong though, and I will be happy to eat my words should he sustain it.

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  • Our Toon

    Dec 9, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #2

    Kenzie

    We are a good club to be at but make no mistake we are lucky to have the likes of Cabaye, He has the most assists and is guaranteed to get 6 or 7 goals in our team, imagine what he could do with a CL standard team with better players around him!! Loyalty works both ways mate, as long as we aren’t in the CL we will always be a stepping stone for players of his ilk who have ambition to play at the highest level!!

    Bills Son – Every transfer window the Pards PR machine rolls into town with the usual drivel of “hope we can hold onto our key players” or “hope we don’t receive big offers for key players” that isn’t my opinion it’s a fact!! The 2 reasons we do that is…. 1: ensure everyone knows that our players have a price on their heads (inviting bids) 2: To hide away from the lack of investment and say look we didn’t sell anyone. Pards is decent but imagine what a good manager could do with this lot!!

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  • Stan the man

    Dec 9, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #3

    New member – old supporter.
    Isn’t it time we started to praise Alan Pardew for his managerial skills this season? I know this will stick in the throat of many supporters as the majority of us weren’t happy with his appointment but, credit where it is due, he deserves our backing. If the FA can award him for Manager of the Month, then surely we as “The loyalist football supporters, the world has ever had” can support our manager who is doing the best he can for our club.
    I haven’t heard his name shouted from the terraces (well, not in praise) yet but perhaps it’s time we did?

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  • tequilamag

    Dec 9, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #4

    Our Toon, yeah just imagine what a good manager like Di Canio could do whoops hang on I meant Martin Jol no no no I meant AVB hang on I really meant Moyes.
    Get the picture all managers lauded as superior to Pardew.
    Also if we really are a selling club any manager we get is fighting with one hand tied behind his back.

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  • bills-son

    Dec 9, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #5

    Our Toon,

    Your opinion is he does that to try and sell his best players? Don’t be daft man.

    He gets asked questions about possible bids and he answers tham. He can’t say we aren’t selling at any price he said that about AC never thinking that Lpool would offer a ridiculous £35M.

    The better we play, the higher our position, the more our players will be talked up as transfer targets by the media. We’ll all have to get used to it.

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  • Spoof

    Dec 9, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #6

    ignorance is bliss, we are a mid table team who are doing exceptionely well due to a manager who can get the max out of those who he has available to him, we are not a good team what we have is a good manager, who is maximising our potential, and what a difference it makes, look at Man U now compared to last season, that is purely due to the manager, look at us, Pardew is doing a grand job, lets give him the vocal support he deserves

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 9, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #7

    spoof
    well said – we are doing fine – mind you the next 4 home games will test us – Southy, Stoke, Arsenal and Shitty then the Mackems

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  • Our Toon

    Dec 9, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #8

    Tequila

    AVB is above us in the league mate, Moyes is having a tough time but has consistently performed better than Pards, 1 really good season (highest finish of Pards career) followed by 1 really bad season (on par with Pards record) followed by our current position of 7th (I think) which is on par for where we should be with the team we have. 7th – 9th is what I said would be on par if we didn’t lose any key plays, 10th satisfactory and anything below would be a bad season!!! Do you believe he is over achieving mate?

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  • tequilamag

    Dec 9, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #9

    OT I think Pardew is maximising the resources available to him.
    Of course there are better managers but Pardew has done more than enough to deserve to keep his job.
    AVB is too highly strung to be a success in the PL.Fell out with the players at Chelsea, offended the supporters at Spurs by criticising them. He has also blown the Bale money on players who have consistently failed to perform this season.
    Thanks but no thanks.

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  • Spoof

    Dec 9, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #10

    Very true charlie, but footballers are a funny breed, Liverpool was men v boys until Mbiwa got sent off, we murdured Chelsea, Krul heroics against Spurs, how many in side the box, I would sell him now when his stock is high, the shoulder injury he got against Sunderland has screwded him

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  • Our Toon

    Dec 9, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #11

    Bills Son

    He answers with that drivel every transfer window and I honestly believe he is asked to do so by the owner, look through transcripts mate no journo brings up sales of players Pards answers a question like “are you looking to add to the squad?” a sort answer of we need 1 or 2 bodies is quickly followed by a “I hope we don’t lose any of our key players to a big bid, we aren’t a top 4 team and just can’t compete, hopefully we keep this lot together” that is the usual BS that comes out of his mouth.

    Fickle isn’t the word for some on here, we currently have a manager who is doing what is expected with this team, a team full of internationals which should be finishing 7th – 9th in table he hasn’t turned us into world beaters, quite a few judging us on last season.

    Tequila – I didn’t say Pards should be sacked though (this season), I said he was a decent manager. AVB is in EL and still above us, our manager almost got us relegated and blamed that very competition for last season’s debacle, as for Chelsea player power is rife there, listen to the likes of Rafa and Di Matteo as well as AVB, Cole, Terry, Lampard have too much of a say, AVB tried to change it and it led to a revolt. Let his players settle in, judge these signings he’s made next season, most players are pants first season, there are more than enough examples of that, none more so than our frenchies!!

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  • clinath@ed

    Dec 9, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #12

    Taquila…have to disagree about AVB blowing the Bale money…those players brought in have been together less than 5 months, look how long it has taken our French group to bed in.
    I think it’s a little early to judge.

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  • Mag52

    Dec 9, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #13

    Tequilamag has a good point when he says we are a selling club. As we’ve seen under the Ashley regime, if the price is right we’ll sell. There are a lot of managers out there who simply would not put up with this approach. Neither would they be happy with a ‘director of football’ suddenly appearing on the scene in charge of buying players.
    We should thank our lucky stars that we have at NUFC a manager who is prepared to put up with the shenanigans indulged in by top management. A guy who is focused and passionate for success, a top man manager, and a manager smart enough to improve in his chosen profession, which he is unquestionably doing.

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  • Scottiedog

    Dec 9, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #14

    Seems T4C has shut up a bit!!! Lol!!!

    Choosing a “Good” manager is like Russian roulette as Martinez has proved to be great but Moyes has proved to be a dud, Man City now have Pelligrini who seems no better than the guy they sacked!! At the end of the day Arsenal seem to have the best formula and one we as club should look at!!

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  • clinath@ed

    Dec 9, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #15

    Honestly, I didn’t copy.

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  • tequilamag

    Dec 9, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #16

    OT you say we should be 7th to 9th given the players we have. That is where we are. You say he should not be sacked this season, the inference being he should be sacked next season?
    Your quite right fans are fickle. It`s obvious your fallback position is he should go even though by your own statement he has got us performng to our max level.

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  • Our Toon

    Dec 9, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #17

    clinath@ed

    You sure you didn’t copy…haha, glad someone understands players can’t just hit the ground running, same goes for managers

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 9, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #18

    I have to admit, I wanted him hung from a lampost last season, but he seems to be learning. I still don’t think he’s a great manager but he has been given time and thats why he is doing well.

    It’s time we praised Mike Ashley for bringing continuity and for not being afraid to stick to his beliefs when many (including me) were screaming for a new manager. Most chairmen bow down to fan pressure and sack managers too easily. Think Shepherd when he bowed down to the idiotic vocal minority who wanted Bobby Robson out. I guess these are the same idiots who run to the gates of St James to embarrass us every time we sell a player or whatever, and shout abuse at our players in the stadium, and think Ashley bought Newcastle for millions yet wants us to lose, or that he bought us for £200m just to get free advertising.

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  • tequilamag

    Dec 9, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #19

    Mag 52 thanks for saying I had made a good point but in the interests of clarity I never said we are a selling club, well no more than any other club in the PL bar maybe Man City or Chelsea.
    Spurs Arsenal Man U Liverpool have all sold players for offers too good to turn down.

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  • clinath@ed

    Dec 9, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #20

    Should set up our own elite club of know-it-alls eh Our Toon? Then again, maybe not.

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  • Our Toon

    Dec 9, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #21

    Tequila

    “he shouldn’t get sacked this season” based on current performances however he should have been sacked last season….if he was not one of you would have batted an eye lid. Not playing to our max level because we are in a position which is expected of the team at his disposal (performing on par is not max level) I mean fickle fans getting carried away that we are 7th because we performed sooooooo badly last year….take a step back and realise this isn’t a team that should be finishing in 16th but a team that should be finishing between 7th & 9th

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  • jayphoto

    Dec 9, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #22

    Still not sure Pardew is the right man for the job but he certainly deserves to continue for the time being as hes doing a good job this season! The only wonder is what could a better, more cavalier manager do with our squad! I think player for player we have a stronger squad and side than Everton and Southampton but Man City, Arsenal, Spurs, chelsea have stronger sides. Man Utd and Liverpool have similar strength sides but in each, 2 world class players set us apart (van persie and rooney, and Suarez and Gerrard) whereas we have very good players, im not sure we have a truly world class consistent performer which is something that probably sets us apart from the teams aiming for top 4

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  • Our Toon

    Dec 9, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #23

    Mag 52

    I said we are a selling club

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  • Our Toon

    Dec 9, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #24

    clinath@ed

    Lol give me shout when you want to set it up mate!!

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  • clinath@ed

    Dec 9, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #25

    Regarding Pards, I really don’t know which is the real one. I’ve read loads of good arguments on both sides for the last 2 seasons or so, and agreed with some…..I just don’t know!
    Decided not to have an opinion on him. He’s NUFCs manager, and I support the TOON.

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  • bills-son

    Dec 9, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #26

    Next Mike @ 17

    Totally agree on that second para.

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  • tequilamag

    Dec 9, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #27

    Our Toon, I spent virtually the whole of last season arguing with Catchy that Pardew should not be sacked so my position has been consistent. And I am happy he kept his job as we are now reaping the benefit of that. The vast majority of posters pre season were predicting a relegation struggle.

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  • Shola Pure Legend

    Dec 9, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #28

    It’s got to be beaten them filth bags in squaler city.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Dec 9, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #29

    Isn’t it a bit early for an homage for Pardew? 😉

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Dec 9, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #30

    Is Ruddy around?

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  • tequilamag

    Dec 9, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #31

    Jesp perhaps but no more than it was too early to write him off last season.

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  • Shola Pure Legend

    Dec 9, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #32

    No way any real Toon fan who knows there stuff would think this season we would be fighting relegation. Look at our team man compared to Hull, Palace, Stoke, Cardiff, those paedos down the road and thats just a few, just the Pardew haters who were saying that.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Dec 9, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #33

    tequila…you are probably right! He is just a very frustrating individual 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 9, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #34

    Yes jasper it’s all a bit premature. Pardew is having a purple patch but I still maintain the Xmas period will be the barometer of his season. For me he hopeless mackem losses just can’t be overemphasised, we are one of the few teams they have beaten soundly all year, so Pardew judgement is still ongoing.

    But for now I will applaud the manager of the month.

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  • tequilamag

    Dec 9, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #35

    Tsunki , it`s quite a puple patch though Man U Chelsea Spurs, some very big scalps there. Sunderland was horrible but take the local rivalry out of the equation then really it`s just 3 points lost against a team we should have beat.

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  • Ciaran

    Dec 9, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #36

    Scottie

    Only a few weeks ago T4C handed in a list of questions to the club for answering, and it would appear that no answers are forthcoming from the club, however it would be remiss of T4C for them not to allow the next Fans Forum to at the very least demonstrate whether or not it is capable of providing answers to these salient issues.

    Also, context needs to be given. As someone who fully supports T4C, I have made the clear distinction that while I am delighted with the way the team is performing at the minute, I still want Ashley removed from the club. However, short-sighted fans like yourself will be primed and ready to shoot me and my ilk down as ‘neggars’ for even daring to have a critical opinion of aspects of this club while we are on such a good run of form.

    It would appear some fans have incredibly short memories indeed.

    If you expect mass demonstrations on a weekly basis from T4C, and see that as the only way they can be credible, then you are quite frankly deluded. You are also mistaken if you think that it will be the last you hear from T4C this season.

    So dismount yourself from that high horse, there’s a good lad 😉

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Dec 9, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #37

    Ruddy my good man 🙂

    …I owe you an apology from last night mate – I have to run quickly, but will be back on later 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 9, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #38

    Tequila – as you know I am an optimist of old but I do like things in context occasionally. Spurs and Chelsea have looked unbeatable and fragile in equal measure. The manure we beat is as Ketsy accurately predicted (I wonder if a soapy mouthwash would help…) the weakest seen for many many years, with an unfit RVP and no Rooney. The days when a manure manager would depend on players like Zaha have long since passed into history, and if you recall Moyes reticence to unleash a fantastic talent like Rooney at 17 it makes you wonder why he has changed his stance with Janujaj bring levered into his regular team. He is short of the depth of talent SAF Has enjoyed by a long way.

    Of course, you can only beat what’s in front of you, but we have tests yet so I won’t get carried away that Pardew has turned a tactical corner. I am always ready though to be pleasantly convinced 🙂

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  • matias

    Dec 9, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #39

    Really hope Pardew gets a great reception in the next home game. There may be diffucult times ahead later in the season but right now Pardew is among the biggest stars of EPL. Good supporters should show some gratitude and also try to enjoy this all.

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  • tequilamag

    Dec 9, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #40

    Tsunki, fair enough mate, always respected your opinion and I do bang the drum for perspective rather than forming an opinion on a game to game basis..Still a long way to go and experience tell me there will be highs and lows to come.Just enjoying the warm glow that comes with seeing my team having a good time at the moment.

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