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Alan Pardew Plots A Positive Way Forward For Newcastle

8:39 am, Friday, January 31st, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 22 Comments

We know a number of Newcastle fans simply don’t rate manager Alan Pardew – and we all have our own opinions – and we like to see all opinions respected on this blog – but we do rate Alan Pardew, and continue to be impressed with Alan’s manner and positive attitude, while those above him – Joe Kinnear and Mike Ashley in particular – seem to keep making bumbling mistakes in the transfer market that rob Alan of his very best players.

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Alan Pardew – positive way forward

In the last four January transfer windows, you could  argue that in three of them we’ve lost our very best player half way through the season, and that’s not good for any manager.

We lost  Andy Carroll in 2011, Demba Ba last year and Yohan Cabaye this week – and only the Demba Ba move to Chelsea was not preventable.

No wonder the Newcastle manager has said he just hates the January transfer windows.

And with players like Ben Arfa moving towards the last year of their contracts on Tyneside, and strikers like Loic Remy, Shoal Ameobi and Papiss Cisse all potentially leaving this summer, Newcastle will have a big rebuilding job to do this summer.

This is what Alan Pardew said about this yesterday:

“I already think I’ve built two teams here,”  “There was the one with Demba Ba and Papiss, and you would argue that at the back end of last season and this year, I built another team with Yohan Cabaye, Loic Remy, Yoan Gouffran and Moussa Sissoko.”

“Now, I’m going to have to build another one in the summer, and the summer is going to be very important to us because of the players we have with two years left on their contract, and the situation we have within the group.”

“We’ve got a very young team. It turns over quickly at Newcastle and you need to have a clear mind where you are going with it.”  “Not even my ego would have envisaged building three teams.”

“I assumed I would build one, but I’ve always had a vision of how I want to play and we’ve worked towards that. But if we don’t replace Cabaye, we might have to change our style of play a little bit because of the personnel I have.”

“We need to make sure we use Yohan’s money very wisely,” “There is no point bringing a player here, for example a £6M-7M player, and then finding he isn’t good enough. That would be a waste of money.”

“We have to make sure we do what’s right with that money, as we did with Andy Carroll. We have to be strong about what direction we are going in, how we want to play and who is going to fill those roles.”

“When it comes to finding a replacement for Yohan, you could ask five Premier League managers to find one, and it wouldn’t be easy.”  “We have a target, and we will stay on that target until such time as he gets away from us.”

Well it looks like last night our number one target Cement Grenier did get away from us, because he doesn’t want to leave Lyon this month – just six months before the World Cup in Brazil – and he wants to make the French squad.

And Alan will be very disappointed if Newcastle don’t replace Yohan Cabaye today, but you will not hear much of that disappointment in public, as Alan has proved himself a good team player, and whatever situation Newcastle are in after 11:00 pm tonight – the manager will just have to make the best of it.

What else can he do?

And his positive attitude has got him through a number of episodes on Tyneside, when other managers would have taken the huff, been publicly upset – or even resign from the job.

That’s not Alan’s way – and we still are hoping that Joe Kinnear can do his job today, and bring in a good central midfielder to replace the wonderfully gifted Yohan Cabaye.

What do you think?

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22 responses so far ↓

  • 1 spitfire_ // Jan 31, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    ”We have a target, and we will stay on that target until such time as he gets away from us.”

    So basically there is no ‘plan B’… what a shock.

  • 2 ToonDarnSarf // Jan 31, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Well, that’s 10mins of my life I’ll never get back.

    Jesus, some of you guys are miserable. I’ll swear that a doctor would have a field day on here with diagnosing anti-depressants for a bunch of you.

    Some of you just make me ashamed to be a Toon fan. You talk about love for the club, yet talk about boycotts or falling out of love. Supporting the club isn’t about how many players we sign or even how well we do in the league or cups, it’s much more than that! And if you don’t get that, then maybe you should go support Man Utd or Man City.

    In fact, I’d wager that many of the whiners are exactly the sort who would support a glory club if they had been born in any other city, but peer pressure made them support Newcastle.

    Complain about the lack of signings TOMORROW if you wish. Complain about the lack of advancement over next summer NEXT SEASON too.

    Miserable cnuts.

  • 3 Novocastrian66 // Jan 31, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Feel sorry for the poor bloke standing outside Darsley Park. It’s freezing and he’ll have nowt to report.
    How about a bit speculation to liven up proceedings. What about Cisse to QPR ?
    Charlie Austin out injured, they need a striker and they could afford Cisse.

  • 4 Transfer Sage // Jan 31, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    spitfire

    exactly….we need to have more than one target. If the club are telling me there is only 1 player capable of replacing cabaye then our scouting system isn’t what we thought.

  • 5 Himanshu Dhingra // Jan 31, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    AP

    biggest admirer of himself.

  • 6 rivettCatcher // Jan 31, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Big fan of Pardew.

    He’s like a good managing director, as in the real works of big business. Fergie & big sham wouldn’t make it in a real world situation, whereas parser would I think.

    Still think in 3-4 years a lot if ppl will have to eat humble pie on Pards & Ashely.

    F#ck knows how JFK fits into planet earth ::s

  • 7 ToonDarnSarf // Jan 31, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    And another point…I may not live in Newcastle right now but I follow other forums and so on. Ever read the comments from Newcastle fans on the Facebook groups? Proves that the negativity on this blog is not representative of the average fan.

    Just too many miserable, depressing so called fans on here with nothing better to do with their lives.

    That is all.

  • 8 SholaHeskey // Jan 31, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    JFK fits in on planet earth scurrying around the sewers mate…slimeball

  • 9 Transfer Sage // Jan 31, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    TDS

    Why can’t we complain about transfers and speculate about what might happen based on previous windows?

  • 10 Transfer Sage // Jan 31, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    TDS

    also how do you know this blog isn’t the more accurate view of fans and other blogs/groups are the ones misleading?

    There are more than just this site where i see a lot of pessimistic fans after feeling let down by Ashley.

  • 11 gazzaforever // Jan 31, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Go for Capoue from Tott, he is a freaking beast and barely play there, great cdm and cb.

  • 12 Mister Tuff // Jan 31, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    NEWSFLASH.
    TDS has managed to sort out the virus problems he encountered on his PC/phone

    Damn was looking forward to today. Another disappointment.

  • 13 check the toastie // Jan 31, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    How may times does he say ‘i’, what a self indulgent love in he is having with himself. Don’t like the sound of him changing tactics, sounds like its back to Krul to Shola. And repeat…….

  • 14 theartfuldodger // Jan 31, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Thats a big speech…

    First pardew talks about having to build different teams – His hardships
    Then he talks about importance of summer – Already starting to beg

    Still you feel its all good. Pards is telling them what he thinks.

    Then he talks about cabaye money spent unwisely and finally saying we are sticking to one target till he says No.
    He does not want to spoil the relation with his bosses.

    That sums of Pardew.

    Maybe he is just puttin himself in the shop window 😉

  • 15 Mr Funk // Jan 31, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    I will probably repeat this over the course of today.

    I think NUFC could buy (or loan) 3 midfielders today without breaking the bank:

    Filip Djuricic – apparently available for 10 million euros or you could get on loan

    Siem de Jong – wants to leave Ajax – could be available for 10 million euros. However, he is just about to return from injury, which could make a medical difficult.

    Lewis Holtby – apparently available for loan from Spurs.

    So, for the price of the supposed bids made for Grenier, we could have 2-3 midfielders of good quality.

    Finally, it seems we are trying to get rid of older players, who are on high wages e.g. Marveaux, Cisse, Guiterrez, so we can bring in players on cheaper wages who are younger.

  • 16 wynsleap // Jan 31, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    If Pardew was ‘plotting a positive way forward’ for this club he’d do what any top manager would do and go and tell his owners that they MUST strengthen the team he is in charge of and advise them of the problems if they don’t.
    Pardew isn’t plotting anything only how he can hang on here to the end of his lengthy contract and keep on the right side of Cashley.
    Quite frankly Ed, headlines like this are a joke.

  • 17 Rotonda heights // Jan 31, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Ed

    You are as fickle as anyone. So now you ” rate” Pardew. Changed your tune a bit from the recent 4 straight losses, ”containing”’ football and 1 goal scored! Well tbf maybe I did too.

    When Pardew finally worked out Cabaye’s best advanced position we did look better at West ham that’s true and even without Cabaye we still played very well and were extremely unlucky at Norwich. Albeit WHU and Norwich are 2 of the worst teams I’ve ever seen.

    You can’t help but admire poyet going into Sunderland demanding he had a say in transfers and managing to get rid of their D.O.F.

    Trouble is I really wouldn’t Pardew involved in transfers as it would man more obertans and Tomkins, bent and Noble standard players.

  • 18 Yorkgeordie // Jan 31, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Ed
    Alan Pardew was out of work with little prospects when along came one of the biggest clubs in the Premier league and threw him a lifeline. Since then he has been handed an 8 year contract. What you see as being positive others will see as a man who can’t believe his luck and who is not going to do any thing to rock the boat.

  • 19 bobby mango // Jan 31, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    No chance we’re getting someone in today.
    But I don’t think it’s all that had.

    Comfortable position in the league, De Jong in and HBA can fill in for the rest of the season. See if Hatem has a future with us.

  • 20 Malta Mag // Jan 31, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Yes class act Alan Pardew and that might mean I’m in the minority on this blog but certainly in the majority on the street. As for changing styles I don’t think he should even contemplate that with HBA and as I’ve said before, Gosling..

  • 21 Whumpie // Jan 31, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    TDS – it’s not your imagination; this site does have a disproportionate number of doom-mongers and anti-AP snipers. The Chronical’s survey showed that.
    But it’s kind of fun knowing there’s always someone to disagree with on here! :)

  • 22 hadthetshirt // Jan 31, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Every time I see that smug looking guy’s face The Eagles song comes into my head You cant hide your “Lying Eyes”




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