Alan Pardew – I’m Still Vulnerable at Newcastle

After only three years in charge at Newcastle United, Alan Pardew is now the Premier League’s second longest-serving manager behind Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger, who has been in charge of the Gunners since 1996, and has always had the team in the top four of the Premier League since then – an amazing achievement by Wenger that doesn’t seem to get the plaudits it deserves.

alan pardew after manu 4-3 loss

Alan Pardew – when things were tough last season after the Man United loss

This season we have already seen Paolo Di Canio of Sunderland, Crystal Palace’s Ian Holloway, Fulham’s Martin Jol, West Brom’s Steve Clark and Tottenham’s André Villas-Boas have all been fired this season so far, and there could be even more managers out of a job soon.

One manager who could very soon be in danger is Cardiff City’s Malky Mackay, because Cardiff’s owner Vincent Tan, who changed the Bluebird’s strips to red because it was a lucky color, seems to be positioning things so he can sack Malky, who has actually done quite well for Cardiff this season.

But Malky Mackay did not attend his weekly press conference today, and that follows a report that he has been told to resign – or he will be sacked by owner Vincent Tan – and he could become the 6th manager sacked this season, and it could even be announced today.

Alan Pardew knows all about the fact that PL managers could be fired at almost any time, and Alan himself only just survived the sack from Newcastle last January, but that rare patience shown by owner Mike Ashley seems to be paying off,  as Pardew has Newcastle flying high again.

But Alan’s been a survivor and now he has Newcastle back in the top six in the Premier League, and he had this to say about being a manager in England’s top league :

“I see it as a source of danger.” “There’s a little bit of pride but it’s also a little bit worrying. I’ve been vulnerable from day one here and I’m still vulnerable.”

Managers in danger of losing their job right now do not include Newcastle’s Alan Pardew, but others such as  former Newcastle managers  Sam Allardyce at West Ham, and Chris Hughton at Norwich City, could be in danger with a run of poor results over the Christmas period.

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38 comments so far

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 20, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #1

    Seems like an old comment of Pardew’s

  • Ben3arfa

    Dec 20, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #2


  • John Tudor

    Dec 20, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #3

    drink it up lads

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Dec 20, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #4

    When your boss is a sociopath I guess you are always vunerable.

    I read a “How to spot a Sociopath” article.

    lol I think I found a match.

    This one covers the way he handles the press.
    “Sociopaths never answer facts; they always attack the messenger.”


    Sociopaths are completely incapable of feeling remorse, compassion, guilt or shame. This allows them a surprising tactical advantage for gaining power in both the corporate and government worlds, where being a backstabbing psychopath is the fastest way to get ahead. This is why Sociopaths often rise to the top of government agencies and globalist corporations.

    Sociopaths are fantastic liars. They lie just as easily as putting on a pair of sock in the morning. They lie so well that they often fool themselves into thinking they are telling the truth. Their lies are skillfully woven around a tiny shred of proof to make them believable. Sociopaths believe that whatever they say becomes reality merely because they say it.

    Now I’ve read it again I think it applies to Pardew as well. lol

  • 89Norcal

    Dec 20, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #5

    and a few members of this blog as well!!

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Dec 20, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #6


    lol I guess.
    They reckon 4% of the population, which is quite high. They’ll probably post a lot, defending their position and attacking anyone who threatens or challenges … so that’s pretty much everyone who posts more than ten posts a day.

    That’s #9 for me so I’m off.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 20, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #7

    I’m sure someone mentioned this already but I had to laugh when I heard it was Geremi’s 35th birthday again today. I thought he was almost 40 when he played for us!

    Anyway, as far as Hoots is concerned I hope he does a job and blows the mackems back down after their win against Chelsea b. And in doing so, retains his job. Top bloke Hoots.

    As for Fat Sam…

  • chuck

    Dec 20, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #8

    Not vulnerable enough as far as most fans are concerned !

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 20, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #9

    EPL managers get paid a fair whack, get compensated big time when they’re sacked and by no means all of them are, many of them leave for better jobs, and few stay out of work long.

    Lower league management is where you might start thinking you’ve made some poor career and life choices. Pards might even welcome the position he’s in.

  • spitfire_

    Dec 20, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #10

    Alan Pardew – I’m Still Vulnerable at Newcastle

    … so I lick and lick and lick… and lick…

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 20, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #11

    We’re doing well at the moment but it does seem to be at the expense of attacking football for 90 mins and our GD not being the best.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Dec 20, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #12

    Your only vulnerable if you manage the team the way you did last season !

    This is what annoys me most about Pardew the Toon job is not that hard try to play attacking football for 90 minutes and dont park the bus when we go a goal up especially against the smaller teams ! The fans would be happy and Ashley would be happy because we would always be challenging up the top end of the table ! Surely he has figured it out by now ??!?

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 20, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #13

    Ashley wants top 10 by fair means or foul.

    You think he cares about beautiful football.

    Only twice have we scored more than 2 goals all year.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 20, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #14

    once again

    why does pardew big up teams like palace and managers like pulis.

    Never seen other managers praising us that much.

  • John Tudor

    Dec 20, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #15

    @13 gone are the days

  • Ben3arfa

    Dec 20, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #16

    Pardew the puppet

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Dec 20, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #17

    @Himanshu Dhingra

    He does it so if we win it’s a bigger personal achievement.
    If we lose he’s prepared the ground for his “long ball” excuses.

  • John Tudor

    Dec 20, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #18

    has someone got their hand up the orifice

  • wolfshead@toon

    Dec 20, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #19

    football pundits always have praise for pards people who have made a living from the game rather than armchair critics

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 20, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #20


    According to pardew every match is a challenge.

    Another excuse for not scoring more than 2 goals.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Dec 20, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #21

    What would be your best 11 in the Ashley era ? .

    Mine would be:





    I know people say we sell our best players but I would say Ba & Enrique are the only players we have sold that would probably get in our team today .

    Just shows how far we could go with a few quality signings.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 20, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #22

    Same but I’d swap Enrique with Santon, Cabaye with Marveaux and Tiote with Anita.

  • IITianToon

    Dec 20, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #23

    Howdy folks.. been a long time since I posted, what a crazy first semester in grad school!
    Kept reading all the posts, the battles between Ruddy and TDS were so depressing 🙁 . Hope that is past us now!

    Anyway how many points do you guys realistically think we should get from the next four games?
    My opinion:
    Crystal Palace(a) 1-2 W
    Stoke City(h) 2-0W
    Arsenal(h) 1-3L
    WBA(a) 2-2D

    So 7 points for a decent placing come the end of the festive fixture run.
    Let me know what you guys think!

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 20, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #24

    I am going for 10 points ! in the next 4 games.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 20, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #25

    Well got my tickets for tomos, hoping for a great game but after seeing the weather forecast just hoping the game is on!!

    Selhurst park doesn’t have the best pitch like!
    Anyway not an easy game by any means, Palace are playing with a bit of confidence after a few decent results but we should have to much quality for them
    Personally would start Shola, they have a couple of big CB’s and fancy Shola’s rough housing to wear them down

  • John Tudor

    Dec 20, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #26

    get in the program reality bites

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 20, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #27


    maybe those pundits don’t watch every single minute of every single game we play but rather have a general overview.

    if it’s entertainment you want especially at home it’s almost better the later we score because as soon as we do, down come the shutters.

    of course results are king and we are doing very well or at least as good as we should be doing with this squad but goal difference would kill us in a race for the top 4/5.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 20, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #28

    just saw the tagline on SAF’s autobiography

    ‘ I never ever played for a draw.”

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 20, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #29

    Palace have 2 CBs i.e. Delaney and Gabbidon. if we lose or even don’t win we are almost out of any european race

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 20, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #30

    pundits also say we won against chelsea and spurs because we were lucky in that those 2 teams didn’t play well.

    No credit to NUFC

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 20, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #31

    Pundits always do cliched punditry.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 20, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #32


    In 2011-12 we finished 5th with a GD of +5
    Liverpool finished 8th 13 points behind us with a GD of +7

  • swemag

    Dec 20, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #33

    Every game is tough.
    Every team has amazing players.
    Every club has a fantastic manager.

    …by reading on here it would appear Toon is the only exception to that, everything is shit all of the time, even when we are winning.

    Football is full of cliches. The reason for this is that guys like Pardew have to talk to journalists every day when there really isn’t that much to say.

    Journalist: Did Remy run 5 ks today?
    Pardew: No, he ran 5.1.
    Journalist: Hmm…interesting. I will write an article about that.

    After 150 years of football the ball is still round.
    There are 22 players and they run up and down trying to score.

    Coaches will use cliches. That is just the way it is. Because there is nothing much to say. Really, there isn’t.

    WTF, are we still discussing if Gomis is coming to Toon? What can possible be said more about that? Either he does or he doesn’t. End of story.

    Ashley never opens his mouth. He has my respect.

  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 20, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #34

    We should be going to palace to win and to start right at them like a steam train….
    Set loose Sissoko and watch ’em crawl backwards 🙂
    I’d probably also start Shola and Remy but Benny in earlier than normal
    Hope the game is on,want my footy fix for the weekend


    Dec 20, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #35

    kets at 22 you should be made to watch a video of marveaux verses chelsea reserves second half his last game afew times before selecting him .in and out poor first touchalso no guts whatsoever. hd at 24 is the reason for saying 10 points from the next 4 games a sign of new confidence in our manager..please quote what your predictions were against lpool chelsea spurs and man u.


    Dec 20, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #36

    hope we can start off well tomorrow and break the sequence of starting second best and losing ,then well and winning lwlwlwlw.

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 20, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #37

    Marv is hopeless. Really lacks the necessary bottle for us and HBA I hope is over himself now and recognizes he needs to put in a consistent shift to even stay a part of the plans of NUFC much less kick on at an elite club. He at least though I still have some faith in.

  • lesh

    Dec 21, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #38

    Many of you thoughtful cynics will have picked up the underlying message from Pard’s comments.

    Could he be trying to say that he’d be up for the sack if he doesn’t do well this season when the subtext’s pushing the message that Ashley does have ambitions for Newcastle United?


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