It’s Better To Work At A Crazy Big Club Than A Small Club

Alan Pardew has been given advice from Jose Mourinho (what again?), and the Chelsea manager has said it’s better to work for a big club than a small club – kind of.

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Jose Mourinho – better to work at a big crazy club

Alan Pardew has talked in the Mirror today – and he’s looking to the good days ahead again at Newcastle:

“I saw Jose said it’s better to work at a crazy big club than a small club, and he’s right,”  “I enjoy it. I know sometimes I don’t look like I am. I’m ageing by the day, but I love Newcastle and I love working there.”

“It’s always a rocky road, but the good days are fantastic and no one will take them away. The fans are absolutely phenomenal and when things go right, it’s such a great high.”

“Hopefully we’ll have another on Wednesday.”

It’s going to be tough on Wednesday night against a strong Tottenham side, and it’s likely that some fans will stay away from the game in protest against owner Mike Ashley.

The owner just doesn’t have the ambition to take Newcastle anywhere soon – other than to mediocrity – which is simply not good enough for Newcastle United.

If we can get something out of the Spurs game, that could be the start of a revival at the club, which is what we need.

We hope it will be the start of a revival at the club. 🙁

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17 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Feb 9, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #1

    If the “Real” NUFC turn up, I wouldn’t be overwhelmed to see us win it 2-1. But, on the past 5-6 performances, neither would I be shocked if we lost 2-1 either.

    Oh, the joys of being a NUFC fan. As Morinho (allegedly) said; The highs are incredible and the lows are catastrophic – there is NO club like it.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Feb 10, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #2

    He’d eat himself if he was made of chocolate, and he’d love every second of it as he wasted away. As would I.

  • p

    Feb 10, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #3

    See cabaye only made the psg bench today

  • t00ntime

    Feb 10, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #4

    Am i the only one who would laugh if france said no to Cabaye cause hasnt played enough?
    It wont happen but he’d learn a lesson. I dont get why he went to PSG, everyone could see he’d be a benchwarmer. Could of waited till the summer had the WC and got a better club for him. Ah well guess the hart wants what the hart wants.

  • Sav

    Feb 10, 2014 at 1:51 AM

    Comment #5

    Joe Kinnear’s job sounds like one of those ads: “I was just sitting around doing nothing – now I earn 15k a week from home!”
    We should all apply.

  • Sav

    Feb 10, 2014 at 1:58 AM

    Comment #6

    As said, Mashley called ‘time’ on our season as soon as we got to 30+ points. Demoralising for fans and players. There’s evidence for suspecting Kinnear’s appointment and sacking was a smokescreen and he was a willing patsy for a transfer policy that never was. But truthfully, I doubt Mashley is that much of a strategist.

  • potski

    Feb 10, 2014 at 3:07 AM

    Comment #7

    There’s no evidence of that. The only evidence is that Kinnear was sacked by Ashley, he was still DoF when he went, and Pardew was still manager.

    So what happened to the idea that Kinnear was brought into replace Pardew? Do you accept that this was baseless and therefore the people who spouted this over and over for 6 months, were completely wrong? You can’t have it both ways – that he was brought in to replace Pardew and that he was brought in to pretend to carry out transfers but with no intention of ever doing so, and he would be sacked later and he knew this would be the case.

    Do you realise how silly this theory sounds?

    Kinnear was sacked for not doing the job he was expected to do. That means he was sacked for not buying any players, or for selling Cabaye, or both.

  • toonincheek

    Feb 10, 2014 at 3:19 AM

    Comment #8

    t00ntime –

    I would laugh even more if Cabaye was on the bench for PSG EL games.

    I can understand the attraction of PSG to Cabaye, but I think he has underestimated the satisfaction from being the kingpin in our team.
    I doubt he will ever be that at PSG.

  • Expat MAG

    Feb 10, 2014 at 3:39 AM

    Comment #9

    Newcastle is a big club with huge expectations, even though we last won a trophy in 1969 and a domestic honor in 1955.

    We don’t expect much as that’s the we have been brought up, but we do expect 100% commitment from all at the club, and Ashley doesn’t give us that……

    Pards is doing a fine job considering the regime and the tools he’s given to work with, and hope Ashley opens his wallet this summer as we need 4 or 5 purchases minimum, if the likes of Remy, Shola, Gosling, Guti, possibly Collo and Marv all leave as expected!!!

    Howay the lads

  • lesh

    Feb 10, 2014 at 5:12 AM

    Comment #10

    A crazy club but what about its finances? An interesting take on the club’s money management:

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 10, 2014 at 5:40 AM

    Comment #11

    take your happy memories and please go, your good days are out numbered by about 20-1

    life is quite sad with you around,

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Feb 10, 2014 at 5:45 AM

    Comment #12

    Lesh…the swissramble is a great blog for info on the money front of Newcastle!

  • cyprus

    Feb 10, 2014 at 6:38 AM

    Comment #13

    Not sure Jose meant NUFC as a big club, Fergie’s remark still rings in the ear.

    Dear Luuk, now you like it here mate? OK, but, you can stay IF you can find the net. You have looked like a makeshift cf for now, though I do understand you haven’t played much lately. Tip: put some venom in your shots.

    A bit if a bummer that the season is virtually over 🙁

  • Sir Braveheart

    Feb 10, 2014 at 7:06 AM

    Comment #14

    “Im ageing by the day”

    I think you’ll find thats how time works Alan. If you’ve somehow found a way to go a day without ageing we’d all love to hear about it.

  • Ian Toon

    Feb 10, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #15

    potski- why let the facts get in the way of a good story!

    Expat Mag- agree with your last paragraph. The media and fans of other clubs begrudgingly tend to think Pardew is coping well against all the odds.

  • Santon03

    Feb 10, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #16

    So.. these days DOF in charge of transfers and managers in charge of managing the team and to perform well. (that’s the quote from pardew himself)

    The job of making the players play better and doing well is coach’s job, coaches answer to managers.
    If pardew doing a great job, how come we haven’t manage to produce any good players? we have good players but they are not improving instead they are worse than before.
    how’s that Ashley’s fault for the team performing badly? I know that he still hasn’t replaced pardew, for that I blame him.
    Some might argue that we should buy 5 or 10 or 100 players last window, but it doesn’t explain why the players we have are not improving instead getting worse in their performance.
    How can you create a good quality team if you can’t even improve the individual’s quality?

  • BandB

    Feb 10, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #17


    Thank you for posting the Swiss Ramble link.
    It answers a lot of frequently asked questions, particularly on debt reduction, naming rights, revenue from attendances and TV and profitability.
    It shows a ship being steadied, and perhaps even well-placed for steady progress, which many of us at the time expected.
    But it is two years old now. And while I’m sure much of it remains a fair reflection, I would like to see an update.
    Notably those points towards the bottom where it addresses the themes of growing future revenue, and the following paragraph in particular.

    “The club is reportedly looking to make profits of £10 million a year, which could be possible if they can continue to control their wage bill. The opportunities for revenue growth are limited, given that the TV deal is centrally controlled, while ticket prices have been largely frozen. That only leaves more money from success on the pitch, such as finishing higher in the league or European qualification, or from commercial activities, such as new sponsorship deals.”

    The article also “controversially” states player sales will be key to future revenue, though it backs that up with quotes from Llambias.
    A quick look at Transfermarkt however, suggests that our player portfolio has not performed so well, Cabaye excepted.
    Tiote is, according to them, off his 2012 peak. Ben Arfa has not become a £15/20 million player. Cisse and Anita have lost value, Anita in particular. Santon is yet to double his rating. Marveaux, got for free, looks like a drain on the wage bill, when they must have been hoping he might recover his one-time value of around £10 million.
    Only the sale of Krul (who pre-dates Ashley and Carr) might generate an eight figure profit in one go.

    I wonder how significant a setback this is when the planners are doing their projections?


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