Alan Pardew Has Done A Brilliant Job At Newcastle


Former Newcastle star Philippe Albert has been interviewed in the Chronicle today, and he shares his opinions on Newcastle, who he now supports after playing for Newcastle from 1994 through 1999, mainly under the great Kevin Keegan.

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Alan Pardew – can become an adopted Geordie?

And it would seem that Philippe is a huge fan of the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew and he thinks if the Londoner can get Newcastle finishing high up this season, for the second season in three,  he could become an adopted Geordie.

This is some of what Philippe said today:

We had Kevin Keegan, obviously, and things went down after he left. It got better under Sir Bobby Robson, then he left and now Pardew has brought things back up again.”

“If we can finish in the top six this season and get back into Europe, then the fans will accept Pardew as an adopted Geordie.”  “I think most realise what a good manager he is. I personally think he’s done a brilliant job in his three years at Newcastle.”

“It’s far more difficult to get in the top six or top four these days, certainly compared to when I played. Back then we were up against Manchester United and maybe another team for a season, Blackburn Rovers for example.”

“Now you have Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham who weren’t even on the radar in my time, plus Liverpool, Arsenal and also Everton this season.”  “It would a phenomenal achievement for us to finish above those teams.”

Of course Pardew has his detractors at Newcastle, but when did a Newcastle manager not have detractors?

And some fans will simply not accept Alan Pardew is a good manager – whatever happens –  and as a recent example of that I had a note after the Manchester United win, and that person wanted Alan out – because we should have won 3-0 at Old Trafford. 🙁

With views like that from some fans, Alan Pardew will never be accepted – even if we won the Premier League.

But let’s give a contrarian view to that one – we’d love Alan Pardew to be super successful on Tyneside – because that means Newcastle would be super successful – and that’s all we really want to see – and the sooner the better.

It’s really not very complicated.

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122 comments so far

  • Spoof

    Dec 11, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Our Toon is spot on, targets should be revised judged by how you are performing rather than be riigid and stick to your initial targets, so often we have the Ashley argument and we seem to go around in circles, but the simple fact is that anyone who says that Ashley is doing a bad job and destroying the side is talking nonsense, only Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby could claim to have a better side than what we currently now in our entire history, so he can’t be doing that bad, but at the same time anyone who believes that steady progress will be made and eventually we will compete for CL places season in and season out are kidding themselves, what we have now is probably as good as it gets under Ashley, mid table so the tv and Premiership money can be had is all that he needs, but to be sure of achieving that you have got to have a decent side, some clubs go for the big name £30m players, they are the CL clubs, you then have a lower bracket of £10/15m players, the CL clubs will go for this type of player as well but lesser clubs like Soton and West Ham will from time to time push the boat out and get 1 or 2 of these type of players, you then have the £5/10m player which is where we come in, ordinarily you get what you pay for but where we have been fortunate is that due to paying for the £5/10m player (less quite regularly ) we have managed to get players who belong in the higher bracket, some would say that was luck, some would say good management, some would say a little bit of both, but whatever the reason we find ourselves with Cabaye, Debuchy, Mbiwa, Sissoko, Tiote and Ben Arfa who were all bought in the cheaper price range but belong in a higher range, whether we got these through luck or good management is irrelevent, what we have to do is to take advantage and sadly this is where it all goes pear shaped under Mike Ashley, due to Remy not being fit and the furore with Cabaye we struggled a bit at the season’s start, however if we had spent as little as £20m for another striker, cb and possibly a winger, would Remy have been such a miss as he was and would Cabaye have been as desperate as he was to move on, the chances are it would be no to both questions which then makes you wonder just where we might be now if some spending had been done in the summer.
    Ashley has done a decent job, but he refuses to add the finishing touches and as a result he lets himself his manager and all us supporters down.

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  • geordielad880

    Dec 11, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #2

    I honestly think if we got out and spend 20m in january and add some more quality we can finish in top 6, we need another striker, cm playmaker, and CB

    My side to play soton:-

    ———————–Krul

    Debuchy—–willo——–m’biwa——dummett

    ————-tiote————–anita
    ———————ben arfa
    sissoko————————————gouffran

    ———————–Remy

    Would like us to rest santon, looked quite tired last couple of games, we need to start rotating a couple of players, we have a lot of games coming up

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  • mattyNUFC

    Dec 11, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #3

    it’s incredible how impressionable you are, Ed when it comes to Pardew

    you always mention these bloated expectations but you definitely perpetuate that stigma. things are not ‘great’ right now, nor are they ‘awful’. we’re in the midst of a good spell so let’s see if it can continue. we’ve a better squad than we’ve had in ages and with the calibre of player we’ve got at our disposal, we should be at least where we are now.

    if four years ago anyone would’ve told me we’d have a squad with sissoko, HBA, remy, cisse, cabaye, santon, debuchy, and anita mixed in with the likes of colo, krul, and tiote, not one of us would have said that squad is capable of anything less than top 4. given times have changed and other clubs have improved, i still think top 6 should be a perennial occurrence with this squad, never mind the manager.

    yes, he’s doing well at the moment, but he’s still got a lot to improve upon before i start singing his praises again.

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  • woolerbill

    Dec 11, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #4

    VerJust because pardon wins four in a row, five out of six, he has become a great manager. He will never be that, he is an average manager on a good run that will end very soon.

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  • Spoof

    Dec 11, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #5

    geordielad, I would leave Santon in, for me he is a poor leftback but over the last few games he has played really well, I can’t remember the last time he got caught out of position which is unlike him, perhaps he is finally starting to learn, as for the rest of your team I would agree with it, however Ben Arfa is hopeless in the middle so I would have him where you have Sissoko, I would then have Sissoko alongside Tiote with Anita playing further forward as he can pass the ball quite well.

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  • geordielad880

    Dec 11, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #6

    spoof sissoko’s biggest weakness is his passing, his energy, pace, and directness are his assets, ben arfa has never had a central free role, so he can drift left, right and get on the shoulder of centre halves, agree about santons form, but would like to see dummett get a game, and he offers something different in terms of balls in the box, and a natural left foot

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  • Spoof

    Dec 11, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #7

    matty, it’s Pardew’s squad, he assembled it and has got them playing well, so how can we not praise him, and lets not forget that we have also received more from sales than what we have spent in Pardew’s time here, if a manager of another club had sold more than what he has spent and still improved the side to an extent that they are challenging at the top end of the Premier league we would jealous that we don’t have that manager, well the thing is we do have that manager and we should be grateful for him. It’s incredible what he has done with the hand which was dealt to him, I think it’s about time his knockers took stock and ask themselves just what we can expect from him when he gets no support at all.

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  • geordielad880

    Dec 11, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #8

    spoof totally agree with your last post, he deserves praise for what he has done, he has made mistakes, but so has every manager, even the best managers make mistakes, and he deserves even more praise for putting up with ashley and that muppet kinnear

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  • Spoof

    Dec 11, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #9

    geordie, Ben Arfa needs that little bit extra space which he gets when playing wide, I feel its too tight in the middle he just runs into trouble, I actually feel that Ben Arfa has been harshly treat this season, initially he was on fire when playing on the right, he then had 1 bad game against Hull and from that game onwards he has never had a start from the right where I feel he is at his best, I agree with your view on Sissoko which is why I would have him alongside Tiote with Anita being the better passer of the ball in the more advanced role. Another bonus by having Anita more forward would be his willingness to work and tract back which would compensate for Ben Arfa who doesn’t.

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  • 70TWO

    Dec 11, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #10

    The price of players will only increase again around the WC in summer so there should be no excuse like “all to expensive” this January. There are a number of players coming to the end of their contracts that will need replacing, plus others looking to leave. Jan 2015 is too far off and there is the opportunity now to bring in players that will elevate the club into Europe, which may mean spending slightly more on individuals.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 11, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #11

    People are blogging we have to spend buy three or four quality players.
    Right with the World Cup coming up.
    If we are going to buy a player who is hoping to go to the World Cup
    i) He/they would want to be guaranteed first team football incase they lost their place in the squad
    ii) So who would you drop to accommodate the new players.
    iii) Would the players in the team at the moment be happy if they were dropped and lost out on going to the World Cup
    or
    Would you buy players not going to the World Cup
    i) above would not apply
    but ii) and iii) apply.

    Things are going well at the minute so personally I think it is a fine line this winter who we buy in and how many – yes strengthen the team but got to careful we don’t upset the team togetherness we have at the minute.

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  • Our Toon

    Dec 11, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #12

    TS

    My issue with loan signings is that they aren’t free, we as a club have a very limited amount to spend on transfers, Remy wages will be around £3m a year and we paid £2m to take him on loan. That’s £5m spent on a player that will never belong to us, I don’t see that as spending money wisely considering we have a net spend of +£5m over 5 years!!

    This is not Pards squad, he is the manager but the signings are Carr’s hard work. Tomkins, Bent these types would be Pards signings, glad he doesn’t have overall say!! Sissoko HBA and Gouffran should all interchange on Saturday, give them 3 free roles.

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  • Spoof

    Dec 11, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #13

    geordie, I find it incredible how some can still knock him, as you say like all manager’s he makes mistakes, Swansea was awful, but overall I just can’t see how he could be getting more or doing better than what he is, what on earth do people expect.

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  • geordielad880

    Dec 11, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #14

    I dont understand why ben arfa cant play wide left in a 4-4-2 at times, he is a good crosser, and in my opinion he is very much like robert was for the toon, we had a midfield 4 of robert, jenas, dyer and solano, I think ben arfa, cabaye, anita and sissoko would work well in some home games when we can attack sides. Would love to see newcastle go and get valbuena, would love him on the right, and ben arfa on the left, in either a 4-4-2 or 4-2-3-1

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  • geordielad880

    Dec 11, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #15

    spoof he will never make all the fans happy, we are playing good football, i did not want him sacked when we struggled last season, the players were taking time to gel, we will only get better if we keep the group together, a few players moved out, and 3-4 decent signings and we could really go places

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  • martoon

    Dec 11, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #16

    And so the Pardew debate starts again – I think it was Ciaran who once said “Pardew is the best manager we can get under the current regime”. I think that is very true – it would be interesting if Ed did a poll on Pardew as I’m never sure if the Pardew haters are in the minority ?

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  • Jamiemac

    Dec 11, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #17

    matty

    They’re not exactly world beaters are they. If somebody had mentioned them names to me 4 years ago I would barely have heard of them. Amazing how fickle fans are. Not just toon fans but every clubs fans rate their own players way higher than they actually are.

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  • 70TWO

    Dec 11, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #18

    geordielad880

    HBAs best position is on the wing and Sissoko should be in the middle to replace Cabaye where he can slot back in between the two holding midfielders when necessary. He can also use his pace and power to nick in on their midfielders who have intercepted our passes. I don’t think there is a strong argument about his passing ability as it is different for a winger, so look at the early games this season when he was playing alongside Anita in the middle.

    I have an awful foreboding that Shola will come back in for Cabaye which, whilst I think he is good at what he does, would be a backward step.

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  • geordielad880

    Dec 11, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #19

    I would love to see:-

    ————————-krul

    Debuchy—–shawcross—-m’biwa——santon

    valbuena——cabaye——–anita——-ben arfa

    ——————remy———-ba

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  • Jamiemac

    Dec 11, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #20

    I for one like Pardew, he’s done a great job here. Finishing 5th a couple seasons back was the best achievement by a Newcastle manager since Keegan first era imo considering the squad we had and the competition in the league.

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  • Spoof

    Dec 11, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #21

    Charlie, I understand where your coming from, but you should always be looking to strengthen, if someone loses out due to this then so be it, that’s life I’m afraid, the way I look at it is that due to Pardew being such a god man manager I’m pretty sure that he could keep them happy, Ben Arfa and Anita have really struggled to get their place lately, but there have been no tantrums and based on what I was of them on Saturday it appears as if they have got the attitude of give me a chance and I will make sure that you can’t leave me out again, I wouldn’t be concerned about increasing the competition for places, because if you are concerned about it then we wouldn’t improve.

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  • Our Toon

    Dec 11, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #22

    Charlie

    Nothing upsets team togetherness like injuries and defeats, if we don’t strengthen injuries and defeats will happen. Players are rotated for good reason and hopefully we can be ambitious and actually have a go at the FA Cup which will mean using our squad. Players will want to go to the WC but there are players and positions that could do with reinforcements.

    Ince (wing)
    Ayew brothers (Ba replacement and Cabaye replacement)
    Still need a big man up Front…A BEAST
    A CB of quality to replace Colo.

    With a bit of ambition in the summer we could have got Caulker, young and English!! But investment is really needed, players need to settle in as this season is proving in abundence

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  • 70TWO

    Dec 11, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #23

    Charlie

    Good points and the reverse would apply to our players moving before the WC. Iceland isn’t going and they have some exciting young talent that would wait for opportunity, Alfred Finnbogason is 24 but on current form would be ahead of Cisse (which is easy) and offer respite for Remy.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 11, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #24

    Boys
    I would like us to get two players a Shearer/Sir Les forward alongside Remy and a centre back as I worry about Colo and S Taylors fitness.

    After that I am happy
    But I do not think many World Cup/class players if any will move this winter transfer period – protecting their places in the squad.

    HBA – should be happy playing anywhere to get into the first eleven and try and cement a place in the World Cup SquadW

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  • Our Toon

    Dec 11, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #25

    Pards is the best of a bad bunch unfortunately, just my opinion, I know some change opinions quickly but the fact remains he is mediocre and suits the mediocrity that Ashley’s regime require. 5th was his highest ever league finish in his career, the guy has been in Europe twice and almost got both teams relegated as a result of that competition. Where we are now is the best we can get under Pards, to get to the next stage we will need a better manager with tactical nous.

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  • 70TWO

    Dec 11, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #26

    geordielad880

    Wondered about Shawcross myself, he was thrown to the Lion in that Eng V Sweden game and may lack skills for playing in Europe.

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  • geordielad880

    Dec 11, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #27

    shawcross is a top defender, and arsene wenger has been keeping tabs on him, would like an english centre half to play next to m’biwa, and he is probably the best option, i think pardew would sign tompkins if he could sign who he wanted, think it would be tompkins, long and downing, if pardew had his way in the last window

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  • toonincheek

    Dec 11, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #28

    Spoof –

    Remy at £5 million for a season on loan
    or
    (Market) transfer fee of at least £10 million, plus the wages you quote of £ 3 million p.a.
    5-year contract = £ 5 million p.a.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 11, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #29

    70TWO
    I think it is a tricky balancing act this winter for a lot of clubs/players.
    Stick or Twist.

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  • 70TWO

    Dec 11, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #30

    I do wonder why we get linked to wingers when the ones we do have don’t get a game.

    When you look at Evertons loans it does seem enticing, but also a short term fix, unless it leads on to increased revenue and the possibility of bringing in permenant transfers.

    Would not touch Gomis but as Lyon are struggling financially a bid for Clément Grenier would be a good call. He looks an ideal replacement for Cabaye in the long run.

    For next season we need 2 strikers, one quick and nimble and one strong and technical. Plus a Central Defender that has played well in the CL or Europa.

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  • Our Toon

    Dec 11, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #31

    We have to twist because we stuck in the summer, its a simple as that

    Toonincheek – Remy Transfer fee was £7m or £8m because he had a clause for when QPR got relegated

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  • Blofal

    Dec 11, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #32

    My team for Soton..

    Debuchy, Mbiwa, Willo, Santon
    Sissoko, Cabaye, Tiote, Ben Arfa
    ———Goufrann
    ———-Remy

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  • mattyNUFC

    Dec 11, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #33

    spoof, etc,

    not trying to start a pardew debate but it just boggles my mind how impressionable large swaths of fans can be when it comes to the manager. a few good wins does not mean all is well; likewise, a few bad losses does not mean all is lost.

    i try painstakingly to be objective when it comes to AP; newcastle’s my team and there’s nothing i can do about. he’s just so pompous, so smug, and i’ve never taken to anyone who attributes their lack of laurels to excuses. just my opinion.

    nevertheless, i’ll endure if he can figure out how to get this team playing consistently well. we’ve got so much talent at our disposal, some raw, some i believe is being mismanaged, and some that is infallible even when at fault for the rest of the supporters to see. not to leave on a negative note, a win at southampton and some solid results towards the end of the year would help to freshen up a pretty sub-par 2013

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  • toonincheek

    Dec 11, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #34

    Ouroon –

    I know Remy’s transfer fee.
    QPR wanted to recover their costs.
    Do you think his value may have risen now?
    Or do you think QPR would be forced to still sell at £8 million?

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Dec 11, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #36

    Can’t stand it no more,Ourtoon and Matty,i keep hearing you say with the team we have we should be where we are,that is the biggest load of bo11oks i have ever seen.It is up to the manager to get the team playing well,did you think we would be in this position after the City game?or the Sunderland game?.And how are the fans impressionable about this current form?,we finished 5th,it’s not like this has just came to him and he has started to become a good manager.

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  • Our Toon

    Dec 11, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #37

    He has a buy out clause mate, QPR have no say over it

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  • Our Toon

    Dec 11, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #38

    Mr Mojo

    The squad available to him, do you think it is a top 7 side? if not please tell me who has a better team

    He finished 5th once in his career (his best ever finish) I’ve never said he is a good manager because he is not, he’s the best of a bad bunch. Tactically inept, struggles to find a way for really technical players to fit into his defensive mindset!!

    I wasnt expecting anything from the city game and was bitterly disappointed by the result against the SCUM, but repeat the squad is playing to its potential!!

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  • Our Toon

    Dec 11, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #39

    Mr Mojo

    Don’t let wins cloud your judgement of “playing well” yes against Man Utd we played well but hung on against WBA and Norwich, dominated by Spurs and played well against Chelsea…that doesn’t scream played well to me.

    We have got results but much like the season we finished 5th we havent played like a team for 90mins, more like 45mins especially in the games we take a lead in when its the first half!!

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  • mattyNUFC

    Dec 11, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #40

    mrmojo

    a bit much, no? this is my third comment in aeons. you can stand three comments? you fly off the handle that quickly? something tells me no answer i can give you will aide you in your plight. take it easy

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