Alan Pardew – A Lot Written About Us Last Year Was Unfair

Alan Pardew had his press conference today for the home game against Stoke City on Thursday, and he again talked about the Europa League being a big drag on Premier League clubs.

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Alan Pardew – Europa League very difficult for PL clubs

Alan talked about the pain of the Europa League, and that on a brighter note all his players were fit for the game on Boxing Day, although of course Cheick Tiote will be suspended for this game, and Alan though that was a pity because he would have played an unchanged side form that which played so well in London last weekend.

Alan also talked about clubs who qualify for the Europa League but don’t have the finances, and it makes it very difficult for them, because they don’t have big enough squads to play two games a week.

And Alan is still upset about media stuff that was written about the team last season, when we really struggled in the league, although we did well enough in the Europa League.

This is some of what Alan Pardew said today:

“A lot was written and said about us last year and I thought a lot of it was unfair, and some of that needs to be readdressed because it wasn’t right.”

“The Europa League had a massive impact, like it’s having on Swansea. If Swansea didn’t have that Europa League, they would be much further up the league than they are now.”

“I don’t think there’s any doubt about that, and we have got real quality to come in off the side.” “We have got ourselves into a fantastic position and now we have got to try to push on.”

“It’s been terrific, particularly the last two months. It’s about now sustaining that.” “But it’s not a complete surprise to me. A lot of this team was the team that finished fifth two years ago and they have got experience.

“We have got good experience in the group and we have got a lot of energy, and it’s that energy that has really taken us up a notch.”

We are hoping it will be a sell-out crowd on Thursday, and we know the Arsenal game is already a sell-out, so we’ll definitely have over 52,000 at that game, and hopefully a similar number on Boxing Day.

A win is what we need on Thursday to keep us challenging  near the top of the league.

3 points would be massive for Newcastle.

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33 comments so far

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Dec 24, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #1

    The fact we already know what the europa league brings shows da extra experience we’ve got now. Where as two seasons ago we’d be getting carried away with da thought of Europa league

  • jayphoto

    Dec 24, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Disagree with AP on this! What was written last year was bang on! The side and management were very poor and deserved the criticism they got! He should accept it! This season hes doing a bang up job, fair play and he has no problem accepting the praise! Last season he got it wrong, hes learnt from it and put it right this year! Thing i hate about pardew is he never accepts blame

  • jayphoto

    Dec 24, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #3

    On another note im getting absolutely hammered on twitter for suggesting debuchy is the best right back in england! Anyone else think thats a crazy call or have i got it wrong watching through rose tinted glasses?

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Dec 24, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #4

    Certainly 1 of the best if not the best. So can’t be too far off.

  • scout

    Dec 24, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #5

    If yours are rose tinted mine are bloody valentines day tinted. As I’d say we have the best 2 full backs in the premiership

  • IITianToon

    Dec 24, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #6

    Yeah mate you do have Valentine’s day glasses I’m afraid! 😛

    While debuchy can claim to be best RB of the league this season, Santon definitely has a long way to go to be even considered in the same bracket as Baines etc!

  • IITianToon

    Dec 24, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #7

    By all accounts Cabaye is a goner to PSG me thinks, for mega bucks of course. 25m + Euros . If not in Jan, then in the summer FOSHO. Unless of course we finish top 4 by some miracle!

  • Ted Bundy

    Dec 24, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #8

    Just thought I’d log back in to tell you all I love you.

  • AmericanMagpie

    Dec 24, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #9

    What was so unfair about it?

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Dec 24, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #10

    @ Jay

    I would say Debuchy is joint second with Ivanovic but Zabaleta is the best IMO.

  • lesh

    Dec 24, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #11

    jayphoto….. Now you’re being unfair.

    We all know that the squad available to cope with both the Prem and the EL was inadequate to cope with the impact of players’ tiredness, the result of a thin squad and game schedules.

    The EL’s not a money spinner but with a big enough squad, we can gain European experience, win it and move on to the ECL.

    As Pardew says, Newcastle United’s in a good place, Ashley’s a happy bunny (could Kinnear’s presence have helped?) and a little bit of good business in the winds might just help us kick.on.

    Have faith….. And have as very happy Christmas all, made happier when we stuff Stoke and Arsenal.

    Howeeaaaayyy the lads!

  • AmericanMagpie

    Dec 24, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #12

    You guys think JFK is taking all the credit for this years success?

  • IITianToon

    Dec 24, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #13

    @BPC Ivanovic is a thug mate! Dont like him at all.

  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Dec 24, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #14


    zabaleta followed by rafael and debuchy. few underrated ones like coleman, sagna and clyne though

  • AmericanMagpie

    Dec 24, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #15

    How bout Kyle Walker? Not #1 yet, but pretty damn good.

  • jimiley

    Dec 24, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #16

    Credit where credit is due. Ashley is proving hgimself a great club owner and Pardew is one of the best managers in England. It is no coincidence that the rise in fortunes is happening at the same time as the appointment of JFK who is proving to be one of the best directors of world football. Hats off to JFK who is a genius. Shame he cannot get the names right.

  • Ciaran

    Dec 24, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #17

    Thought I’d pop back on to say that Walker and Rafael are terrible defensive full-backs, truly awful.

    Ivanovic comes 2nd just behind Zabaleta, but Debuchy’s recent form has him up in 3rd – needs to maintain it to be considered one of the best.

    Also would like to say Glen Johnson is a dreadful excuse for a full-back.

    Feel free to disagree, but I won’t be here to dispute it as I really am away here!

    Merry Christmas folks!

  • 89Norcal

    Dec 24, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #18


    I think saying Debuchy is one of the top RB’s is about right. If he can show even more offensive prowess I would say he’s undoubtedly the best. I noticed Sissoko has taken over the right wing though now.

    Fun fact: Debuchy has the most last-man successful tackles in the Prem – at least as of this past weekend.

  • sweendog

    Dec 24, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #19

    Kyle walker is all fluff no longer substance .. Id blame him and a few other spurs players for avb .. Debuchy is excellent …haidara has the makings of a great lb .. Santon is good but not good enough to be world class .. I think haidara has that but he is still raw .. Imo its debuchy.. Tiote .. Willo.. Cabaye ..gouffran .. Remy .. Krul that have made our season

  • sweendog

    Dec 24, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #20

    Nor cal. .. Sissoko has looked good there..hope he keeps up the improvement

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Dec 24, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #21

    Football at times can be full of delicious ironies that add to the normal enjoyment of the beautiful game.
    One such is the case of Dave Whelan. who , in his brusque Northern manner told MA when he purchased NUFC “The clubs up here are a closed shop son , you’d best sell up and run off back South”
    Now just a few years down the road , JD Sports is no more
    ,Martinez is at the Toffees and Wigan are down among the dead men.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 24, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #22

    Not everyone understands you’re being sarcastic, shame really, some people actually believe that.

  • 89Norcal

    Dec 24, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #23

    sweendog – really good, love that move he made for Cabaye’s goal vs Palace.

  • spitfire_

    Dec 24, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #24

    1. Pardew defend the lack of summer transfers last year
    2. Pardew confess about his wrong approach about the fitness contidion of the team… and that’s why Faye Downey came this summer.
    3. Last season was the season of excusess… if there was something different of a win there was #Pardewexcusebingo

    This are three enormous points from the last season

    About the 1st – he obviously didn’t do a shit for more summer transfers. They try but that’s it… the other things was Pardews licking the owner. Some will say that nobody can tell Ashley what to do… well at least Pardew can say that he is not happy with the summer transfer window… but contrary… he was fine… or at least he public lied. Let say 50% is his fault… or 40.
    About the 2nd – This is total 100% his fault! He mess up the most important thing in season when the games was thursday/sunday. And that was the main problem for me because in the EL he play mostly the kids. A bad fitness condition – a lot of injuries… what a coincidence, eh.
    About the 3rd – Then it seems to me that never was his fault… he confess his fault only after Reading lost at SJP. In the other cases it wasn’t his fault… the other was to blame… injuries, tired, the ref, the sun, the grass. And to me it looks like he spent most of his time for thinking about excuses.


    For sure there was some unfair charges but about those three points he have a major blame… not the injuries… if the fitness condition of the team was good there will be a less injuries.

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 24, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #25

    Merry Christmas Ed,

    Can’t thank you enough for this most excellent of blogs and your tireless input.

    Seasons Greetings and Best Regards,

    “Jimmy Smith”

  • clinath@ed

    Dec 24, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #26

    Well said Jimmy. Merry Christmas Ed, keep up the good work throughout the new year and hope you remain healthy.

  • Graeme

    Dec 24, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #27

    Merry Christmas to the Blog posters – Thank you Ed for all your hard work keeping us informed and in communication with fellow fans. I hope you have a fabulous 2014 with a continued clean bill of health.

    All the very best to each and every one.

  • nufcFTW

    Dec 25, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #28

    Merry christmas people! Im a new poster on this blog so dont shoot me down too quick please..

    Great season may it long continue!

    Usually i dont critisize players, but 1 thing i cant understand is people praising gouffran all The time. yes i works his socks off and are good at tracking back (like guiterez) AND he has scored quite a few sitters, but when he is on an offensive run with his Amazing speed he has no clue what to do and never creates anything. Just like obertan!
    Ben arfa should be playing! He is definatly going to leave if his only going to Get 15min a game. Why wouldnt he? He has one of the best if not The best creative/offensive skills in The country!
    I understand that he needs to work for The team, and you can see his trying, (he has just very very bad defensive skills). I think he should use his energy 90% going forward. 9 out of 11 players doing defensive duties should be enough.

    Let him play. (At least as long as he is doing
    good). Or we are going to lose The most exciting player i have ever Seen in a nufc shirt.

    Howay The lads! Top 6 this year!

  • lesh

    Dec 25, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #29

    AmericanMagpie @12….. Nope!

    Jimily…. Ho, ho ho

    Oh, and Sharon, take a break, enjoy it and maybe you could try to stir a pot on your blog eh?

    Happy Christmas all.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Dec 25, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #30

    Spitfire @ 24
    I believe from your execrable command of the English language that you are not British.
    Could I politely suggest that you go and support some other EPL side.
    We have enough negative big mouths on Tyneside who know sfa about football , without importing them.

  • toonincheek

    Dec 25, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    Comment #31

    Happy Christmas, Ed.
    Thanks for your blog – our daily Christmas present.

    Also praying for your continued good health.
    Let us hope that NUFC too can beat the odds.

  • bobby mango

    Dec 25, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    Comment #32

    This is utter tosh by Pardew. They did so so many things wrong last year. Just accept mistakes were made Pardew.


    Dec 26, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #33

    Looking at this Post analtyically !

    There is on a daily basis so much shiiite written about us and not only in the Media but also on here !

    @24 – Sorry Spitfire but the three points you have made:

    What was Pardew supposed to do about the lack of Transfers last summer? He has absolutely no influence or say in who gets signed or for how much! He can have his say about who he would like to sign but all the final decisions come from the owners / directors ! And as for comments about the lack of said transfers, well i don,t blame him for that coz at the end of the day he,s powerless to do owt about it anyway?

    He has a training Team, who are all universally responsible for the fitness of the whole selection. To give Pardew the total blame for the fitness or non-fitness of the team is pure Bullshit? We did have problems last season with fitness, thats true but the blame for that fact does,nt totally lie with Pardew. But then you appear to be in the category of ” Pardew Bashers”! on here . Fay Downey was given the job last year to try and address the fittness and Injury problems we were having that year. Where does Pardew confess that those issues were his fault? Enighten me, please!

    3. This is the only point where i partly agree with you! Because some of his Team selections were below par and a lot of bloggers were on here coming on here with selections which were more logical ! But, Pardew just went ahead choosing the wrong team for a two or three month period around this time of year last season ?

    In conclusion Spitfire, you are totally entitled to your opinion here but what you say is not totally correct !

    Another point i would wish to make, is that what is in the past is history and i am more interested in Present day matters and not especially fussed by what went down a year ago?

    Oh, and i am totally sure whether you are English or not but hows about going back to school to do something about the bad grammatical errors which are clearly to seen in your reaction to the above?

    Merry Christmas and lighten up Lad !

    HWTL !


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