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Alan Pardew Is Too Isolated At Newcastle

12:12 pm, Sunday, March 9th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 27 Comments

The Mirror has a report out today that is saying that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has told his manager he is safe from the sack and that Ashley will continue to back him as manager, and he will soon appoint a new Managing Director to take the weight off Alan a bit, since he seems too isolated at the club.

alan pardew close up half smiling

Alan Pardew – help on the way – a new Managing Director

Alan is the club’s sole face to the media, and he often has to answer questions on things he is not responsible for – like the financial side of things and the transfers.

This comes in the wake of Alan getting a £100K fine and a formal warning from the Newcastle owner a short eight days ago, after his headbutt of Hill City player Davide Meyler.

Joe Kinnear was fired in early February, following another disastrous transfer window, and Joe in truth was simply a complete disaster in his eight months as Director of Football on Tyneside.

Mike wants to appoint a person who is a good negotiator in Newcastle’s  transfer dealings, and we have to think this has come up because Joe Kinnear was probably completely hopeless at negotiating.

We hope Ashley will appoint a football man to work with Alan Pardew, although that’s one reason he said he appointed Joe Kinnear last summer, but it will help if the Managing Director has experience in football, so he can converse on football matters with the manager.

And the news is that Derek LLambias will not be making a return to Newcastle.

It’s a pity Les Ferdinand is busy helping Tim Sherwood at Spurs, because Les would be very good as a Managing Director or Director of Football, and it’s always good if he has previous ties with Newcastle.

That’s unless your name is Joe Kinnear of course.

With so much transfer business to get done this summer, with players both coming and going, the earlier a Managing Director is appointed , the better it will be for everyone concerned.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Premier League · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours


27 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Oldgit1 // Mar 9, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    @ Belfast it’s old gift 1 if you don’t mind, it’s the number plate of the hit and run vehicle that left me injured.

  • 2 beermonkey // Mar 9, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    a good negotiator is one aspect but surely a football man with a proven record of sorting out and getting a clubs youth system up and running would be just as key

    we had news yest that a new kid was joining us and that was after he had met with the fat man and beardo

    I find it a little odd the fat man being involved in the signing of a 16 year old unless he is a talent and they had concerns that that only the fat man could guarantee would be sorted
    its certainly not the actions of a man planning to sell the club being involved in signing kids
    but I bet its just his god kid or somin :)

  • 3 Oldgit1 // Mar 9, 2014 at 12:23 PM


  • 4 wolfshead@toon // Mar 9, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    thats what he will prob tell the f a next week bursting into tears might help as well

  • 5 beefman13 // Mar 9, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    We all know AP gets hung out to dry, having to explain why we did not land this target or that target, he has to try and negotiate the media on MA`S latest bomb throwing s and back them up, so i think there does need to be someone in between MA and APO to alleviate the pressure on AP, certainly don’t always agree with AP`s set ups regarding his team or his famous excuse makings, but the pressure he must be under at times must be immense.

  • 6 Oldgit1 // Mar 9, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Perhaps Hoddle is being lined up for the dof position as other supporters on this site has suggested,

    Wouldn’t mind him as long as he keeps away from the subject of religion.

  • 7 mag // Mar 9, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Just cut the middle man out and sack Pardew, the guy is soiled goods.

  • 8 mag // Mar 9, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    On the subject of Hoddle, not another cockney.

  • 9 wolfshead@toon // Mar 9, 2014 at 12:34 PM


    or a secret love child hes been blackmailed into signing :-)

  • 10 rex // Mar 9, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Danny welblack is being linked with newcastle he would be canny with remy

  • 11 beermonkey // Mar 9, 2014 at 12:39 PM


    that’s a step to far I find it hard to believe he found one women let alone a bit on the side as well, still money talks I spose

  • 12 mag // Mar 9, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    Oh dear Danny Welblack, priceless Rex old son.

  • 13 jazzyp // Mar 9, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    I like the bit where the fat controller needs a better negotiator . He wont have to negotiate much if our last years transfer policy is anything to go by
    Rex- you can keep welbeck mate. I think there is better CF out there for Nufc

  • 14 ToonDarnSarf // Mar 9, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Danny Welblack? Not clever or funny.

  • 15 beermonkey // Mar 9, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    could be worse it could be cleverly

  • 16 ToonDarnSarf // Mar 9, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Totally obvious that Ashley needs to appoint someone to run the day to day activities at the club. Pardew is a decent coach but he’s best left to focus on that alone.

    Hire someone who can work well with Pardew please.

  • 17 Ciaran // Mar 9, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Newcastle linked with Welbeck? Don’t make me laugh.

    The deluded English media would have you believe that Welbeck is worth 20 million quid when in reality, he’s as good as Gouffran.

    As for Cleverley? The man has dramatically went downhill in quality, but never fear folks, Hodgson will still accommodate them in the squad bound for Brazil.

    And the English media wonder why the national team always crashes and burns at international competitions? Hilarious.

  • 18 Ciaran // Mar 9, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    With Ashley in charge there will always be a glass ceiling as to what we can achieve.

    We will forever be in a state of squad building, as we will move on our better players and replace them with cheaper alternatives.

    To build a squad you need to do what Everton have done in recent years. Hang on to your best building blocks – whatever the price – and build around them. Every so often an offer to buy one of your better players comes in and is too good to refuse you can then sell so long as that money is reinvested into the squad.

    You also appoint a manager that can get the best from the players purchased.

    At Newcastle United, everything, from the coaching staff, to the manager, to the playing staff is all geared towards maximising output while minimising input.

    We are but a money making machine for the malevolent Mike Ashley, not a football club as fans would define it.

  • 19 Mag52 // Mar 9, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    @8. Mag you are the most repetitive blogger in the country, if not in the universe, with your never ending “sack Pardew” refrain.
    For goodness sake man come up with something original once in a while, and while you’re at it, try to get your facts right !
    Alan Pardew is not a cockney,as he was born in Wimbledon, south west London. Cockneys are born in east London.

  • 20 wolfshead@toon // Mar 9, 2014 at 2:22 PM


    as one mag to another he might take heed of your advice though i doubt it haha

  • 21 mag // Mar 9, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Mad52 I maybe repetitive but you’re retarded.

  • 22 Mag52 // Mar 9, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    @21. Smart reply mag. Didn’t take you too long to come up with that.
    Well done.

  • 23 The next Mike Williamson // Mar 9, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    What negotiating skills has Les Ferdinand got? He’d please fans, but would probably be hopeless in any other capacity than a public face.

  • 24 toonluvva // Mar 9, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Negotiating is indeed an essential skill to have, but being able to spot the talent that we need is more important.

    Llamearese was part of the problem when he was here before in my opinion, and if he returns he’ll again offer nothing to NUFC.

  • 25 fcruiseusuk // Mar 10, 2014 at 5:19 AM

    Mag52 if you are going to correct people at least get it right. A cockney has to be born within the sounds of the bells from Bow church

  • 26 fcruiseusuk // Mar 10, 2014 at 5:25 AM

    How often do we have to be outplayed by the likes of a struggling Sunderland before people understand that the team needs a better manager than what we have currently

  • 27 Mag52 // Mar 10, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    @25. Exactly fcruise, within the sound of the bells of Bow church in EAST London.
    Although, of course, this is no longer technically possible as these bells were destroyed in the 2nd. WW.

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