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Pardew Wants Trophy Before His 200 Games At Newcastle

8:39 am, Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 30 Comments

Alan Pardew was as usual upbeat in yesterday’s press conference, even though we have a long list of injuries and have won only one of our last seven league games and failed to score in six of them.

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And Alan even talked about trying to win a trophy for Newcastle, which would be the first one since way back in 1969 when we won the Inter-City Fairs Cup, and it was way back in 1955 when we last won a domestic trophy – the FA Cup – our third win in five years, after we also won it in 1951 and 1952.

This is some of what Pardew said yesterday:.

“There’s always an incentive in football, always, your professional pride is a minimum.” “The passion from the fans just can’t help but inspire you, and I’ve enjoyed 90% of my time here.”

“But I’ve lost some emotional games, Sunderland games and the cup games.”

“They are tough to take as the manager of this team when you are desperate to win a trophy.” “My overall feeling is one of pride in that I think we’ve done a good job, we’ve produced some fantastic football and had some unbelievable results.”

“We had a high finish two years ago and the quarter finals of the Europa League and hopefully this year a strong finish

“Before I reach that next landmark of 200 games, hopefully a trophy of some description that our fans are desperate for, and in my opinion, thoroughly deserve.”

But to win a trophy we must play our strongest side, and while that’s not good news for the fringe  players, we are not in Europe so play only around 42 games a season these days – so there’s no reason, as Alan Shearer has pointed out – to play our strongest sides in the cup games.

As far as the Sunderland games go – that will not be so easy as Gus Poyet seems to have the edge over Alan and currently it’s 4-0 to Gus in head to head games.

But we don’t see anything wrong with the manager wanting to win trophies for Newcastle – it would be a problem is he didn’t want to win anything – and we certainly need one.

For the record Alan Pardew has managed in 149 games at Newcastle – won 57, drawn 36 and lost 56 – and if those games were all in the league, we would get around 53 points per season with that record, by our reckoning.

What do you think?

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Tags: Capital One Cup · Coaching · FA Cup · Newcastle News · Premier League

30 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Transfer Sage // Feb 11, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    well here’s a hint…play your strongest possible teams in the cup.

  • 2 archaeomag // Feb 11, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    ” a trophy of some description that our fans are desperate for, and in my opinion, thoroughly deserve.”

    Thats’s sorted then . .

  • 3 JAMSHA // Feb 11, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    under pardew we wont win anytng. jst sack him.. bring back KK

  • 4 cyprus // Feb 11, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Good coaching staff, yes. Especially for set pieces. Examples of players who have improved since they came here include Cisse, HBA, Shola and… Obertan :)
    Anyway, seriously, some have improved. Don’t know if it’s down to the coaches though:
    Are our players not good enough to kick on or at least to play like Swansea or Southampton (not to mention the big ones) can? Or is it the coaching? I’m not sure if I’m honest.

    On this: Give me CL football again AP :). And I’ll forfeit the trophies if you do.

  • 5 Transfer Sage // Feb 11, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    I posted this the other day but nobody replied….i guess it wasn’t a good idea but here goes.

    American football is basically a full game of set pieces and everything is pre planned, every kick, throw, run all meticulously worked on and developed.

    Would it be worth hiring an NFL coach to come here, analyse prem league set pieces and use their skillset to try and work out the most effective and then some creative set piece routines for us?

    It might sound stupid but surely it’s all down to analysing stats and chance percentage, so they could be able to apply it to proper football.


  • 6 spitfire_ // Feb 11, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    And as usual when Pardew open his mouth it’s start to stink. No one cares what you say Alan. It’s just bunch of lies.

  • 7 cyprus // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    I read that post. Good one and good idea.

  • 8 firebug666 // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    NUFC has needed technical coaches for decades, and the NFL has them in abundance, I don’t know if it would work in the EPL but we couldn’t do any worse. maybe we could look to a defensive NFL coach too to help us with our defending. I am so demoralised with our club at the moment I’d be willing for them to try anything. 😀

  • 9 Markaccus // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    It is an interesting idea, t sage. It seems obvious thinking about it, to have a set peice specialist coach.

  • 10 Rotonda heights // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Pardew and 200 games doesn’t bear thinking about. Pray god someone buys us out before then. Don’t renew season tickets and they just might!

    Trouble is pardew knows he’s safe as houses as finishing 16th proved.

    Funny how Pardew appears upbeat but is so cautious as a manager.

    If and it’s a very big if we finished above Man U who are having the most shocking season ever in their premiership history, that would represent success to Pardew. Talk about doing something by default.

  • 11 Goodfella // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Same old dribble of shite coming out his mouth.

  • 12 Transfer Sage // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:14 AM


    I only thought set pieces as it’s something which is probably easier to adapt to than open play when his sport doesn’t really have open play.

    I think it would be decent though, even just in an advisory role.

  • 13 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Pardew, you gobshite! What trophy have you identified and seriously gone for? Stop insulting our iintelligence. The closest you’ve been to taking us to a trophy is the johnstone paint trophy when you nearly got us relegated.

  • 14 Markaccus // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Everything is timed in nfl. The receivers dont even look. They run their paterns, and if the call at the start said it was coming to them, they turn and catch the ball, which will be just about above his head if the QB has not been squashed. Footballers start their runs when the ref whistles, but timing delivery is a bit harder because sometimes there delays. There is no reason why the players cant run patterns in and around the box, they already do to some extent.

  • 15 firebug666 // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Yeah I was thinking defending set pieces just never worded it right. lol

  • 16 Transfer Sage // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:16 AM


    just a thought as with that whole sport being set pieces and coaches are the big players over there, more so than players really, they have a lot of sports based on stats with it not being open play it works well, as you don’t really need link up that well….nothing is spontanious, it’s all planned.

  • 17 lesh // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Convincing Ashley’s his biggest stumbling block. Build a squad that’s big enough and strong enough and he might have a chance of winning something, anything.

  • 18 catchy in norway // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:17 AM


    its times like this where the guy should stay quiet and let the football do the talking

    he is like an old bruce lee film where the words don’t match the lips

    is it an achievement to finish above man u this season, no I don’t think it is, everton and spurs yes, but targeting 7th place, yippee,

    I also take huge offence at him saying he wants to win a cup, when its as plain as the nose on his face he don’t want to, in fact even one of our very own players (harper) told us what his instructions are..

    is this guy just paying mugs like manx, toonking and the clown from yesterday mojo lip service so they can dig themselves bigger deeper holes,

  • 19 bzak12 // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Pardew is taking a lot for granted thinking he will still be here for his 200th game. His remit was for a top 10 finish the way we are going on this run I can see us not picking up many more points and ending up around 12th to 14th. If this happens no more claptrap he must go!!!

  • 20 Markaccus // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:18 AM


    like i say. Not a bad idea. The principles of football set peices are similar after all.

  • 21 Transfer Sage // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:19 AM


    yeh some do and it works well…we have done it on the odd occasion with corners cut along the floor to ba or floated to edge of box for colo to header…it almost got us a goal, but it caught the defending side out.

    something we should really do more of than float it to willo, which has never resulted in a goal.

  • 22 Toon Tang // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    wheres bullshit man when you need him eh?

  • 23 Markaccus // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Oh no. Catchy took huge offence to pardew again. Theres a f#cking surprise. Aren’t you a precious one?

  • 24 mindshaft // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Dear me – “All players have improved at Newcastle” – “I want to win a cup” Pards is setting himself up for a right old slating with these quotes.

  • 25 Himanshu Dhingra // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Don’t want pardew managing 1 more game let alone reach 200

    Once again I come to last 6 games in PL i.e. after Stoke Victory

    Games 6, Won 1 Lost 4 GS 3 (all in one game) 5 games W/o scoring

    Can’t see who will score tomorrow

  • 26 nufcalex // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    I’ll forgive pardew if he does win us a cup for all the derby defeats, let’s get a trophy before the mackems. This will hopefully make Mike invest 70-80 million over the summer in the squad.

  • 27 John Tudor // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    he has loads of trophies
    all wooden spoons

  • 28 Transfer Sage // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:28 AM


    i take it you haven’t read the quotes in the last article?

  • 29 StevieB // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    BOLLOCKS!!!!!!!!!!!! The club has no ambition whatsoever. Its not as if we have been blessed with numerous trophies over the years yet still play a much weakened team in the cups which is embarrassing with the waifer thin squad that we have.

  • 30 toonluvva // Feb 11, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Transfer Sage

    Yes every offensive play in the NFL is pre-planned and rehearsed.

    But the offensive team can rotate out all 1 players for each down if they want to.

    In soccer, there are only 3 subs for the entire match. Not to mention Pardew usually makes a mess of those.

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