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It’s Difficult And Emotional To Manage Newcastle

9:39 am, Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

It’s surprising that with just three years at Newcastle, Alan Pardew is the second-longest-serving manager in the Premier League, behind only Arsene Wenger, who has been at Arsenal since 1996, and has the Gunners at the top of the league at the moment.

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Alan Pardew - emotional to manage Newcastle

We hope Alan can stay at Newcastle a good few years yet, because that would mean we are being successful, and there’s a decent chance that we can finish in the top six in the Premier League, for the second time in three seasons, under the leadership of the Newcastle manager, who was almost fired in January.

The Newcastle manager has talked about how difficult it is to manage Newcastle United:

“As tough as it was at the other clubs I’ve managed – West Ham and Southampton in particular – this is harder,” “It’s a religious kind of support, which makes it very emotional, and I’ve had to learn how to cope with that.”

“As a manager I’ve had to embrace different cultures, different mentalities on how to play the game, and every player gives you a different set of problems. I’ve gained great experience from some great players here, and continue to do so.”

“I can detach myself from the emotion of the game, which comes with age as well. When you are younger you get wrapped up in it a little bit.” 

“Although I might be jumping up and down on the sideline, I am very focused on what is going on, how the game is going and what decisions I need to make.”

“I’ve loved every minute of the last three years, and long may it continue.”

Alan Pardew is an emotional man and he’s gone through the heights and the depths at Newcastle in the three years he has managed the club.

But we hope now that with some new recruits next month and in the summer, Newcastle will have an even stronger squad next season, and we can at last challenge for a top four position.

That’s what Newcastle United should be doing every season.

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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Hatem's better than Messi // Dec 10, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Pardew Out!

  • 2 Dannyo // Dec 10, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Dear God, I hope Mike spends on a couple of players in January to spur us on.
    We need the extra injection of depth and motivation to continue to do well.
    Players and manager has a good connection it seems, I think it’s important for Mike that he puts out a statement now, especially for the players, by helping them however he can. Show them that they all row the boat in the same direction.

  • 3 Generic Commenter // Dec 10, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    We beat Manchester United at Old Trafford for the first time in 40 odd years and people are still complaining…….

  • 4 davetoon // Dec 10, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Recruits?

  • 5 lesh // Dec 10, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Hatem’s better than Messi @1……. Por quais?

  • 6 yo-yo // Dec 10, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    70/2 Hatem

    Well I thought 4231 (or 4321) could have worked for us too but the players were just not good enough. So last season was not simply downn to managerial failure. It is pretty defensive though and you need great quality in the 3 AMs. I would not want us to go 4231 this season as a matter of course anyway – we are doing well just now and the new players have setttled in – but we do need to be able to counter the high possession, quick passing sides – including Southampton and we are still possibly a bit dodgy there at times.
    The main thing people wanted was fro AP to mix it up last season and he didn’t – but his argument would be we had such an injury list and unproven squad players he had little choice. One or two out of form players and you’re knackered. Maybe he isn’t such a bad mamager after all ?

  • 7 cestriasteve // Dec 10, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    One toon from last post:

    Great post I actually walked out of the Reading game as a direct consequence of what I thought was very poor management and team selection during the game and I still think cabaye wasn’t subbed cos of injury. First time in 27 years as a season ticket holder,

    I was openly critical of playing Sissoko out wide, opening critical of mike Williamson playing in black And white.

    HOWEVER hats off to Pardew he has got the formation absolutely spot on.

  • 8 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 10, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Lesh
    Reading between the lines it looks like he wants to stay toi the end of the season.
    Anyway ii does not make sense Cabaye moving in Jan to PSG or Arsenal for that matter as he might not be in the starting line-up thus jeopardising his World Cup place

  • 9 70TWO // Dec 10, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    yo-yo

    Hopefully we shall see ‘when Saturday comes’ can HBA step in (on the wing/Sissoko AM) without Cabaye? It will be a more difficult game than ManU in terms of pressure in midfield as the boot will be on the other foot. An opportunity to shine for players who thrive on attacking possession.

  • 10 ethiomag // Dec 10, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    i’ve a feeling sir Alex Ferguson’ll retun from retirement to manage MU soon.
    on cabaye,i think he is our key player,interesting 2 to c how NU cop without him against sthptn.
    TS
    by the way,how many time NU and other clubs make training for the next game in a week time?

  • 11 true toon // Dec 10, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    AP is never good enough for NUFC. A couple of wins is good but it will never take away the fact that he is not a top class manager.. unless we want to stay a mid table team , we are better off getting a much better manager.

  • 12 scout // Dec 10, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Fergie to come back?? Are you serious, it’s never gonna happen




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