Alan Shearer Offers Some Support To Pardew


Alan Shearer has been talking on ITN following Alan Pardew’s seven game ban and a 60,000 fine dished out yesterday afternoon by an independent FA commission, and Shearer says Pardew cannot do too much other than to apologize, which he’s done several times, and then just get on with it.

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Alan ShearerPardew has to get on with it now

This is what Alan Shearer has said to ITN this morning:

“Managers have a responsibility.” “Players have a responsibility, and so do fans also.” “But I get that tempers can be lost at times.”

“It’s difficult for managers to do that,  particularly the way that Alan did.” “He regrets it and he’s apologized.” “And I’m sure he will take his punishment on the chin, so to speak.”

“He’s apologized, he’s aware he can’t and shouldn’t have done that.” “So I’m sure he will take his punishment and he’ll have to sit it out I’m afraid.”

That sounds like some support for Alan Pardew from the Newcastle legend, who was one of the greatest players Newcastle have ever produced, and in 404 league games for Newcastle he scored a fantastic 206 goals.

Alan once had ambitions to become a manager, and of course he did manage Newcastle for the last eight games of our relegation season,  but was unable to save his home town club, and got only five points from those eight games.

But we don’t hear too much of Alan wanting to become a  manager these days – and he’s got his job on Match of the Day with the BBC, which is an awful lot easier than being out there managing a football club.

But on Alan Pardew, Shearer is right – and he just has to get on with it – and try to minimize the damage to Newcastle’s season.

Comments welcome.

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23 comments so far

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 12, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #1

    When Ed says things like “we think the newcastle manager has been treated too harshly…” is the “we” referring to him and his mrs or him and his tortoise?

    And what is the independent fa commission? How is it independent?

    Questions, questions. So many of life’s little mysteries.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 12, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #2

    And why has alan shearer decided to sit on all those seats? I know its for charity, but it still begs the question what do you want to do that for? Well done yo him for getting off and on his arse for charity but it sounds like a silly achievement.

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  • martoon

    Mar 12, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #3

    I can’t help wondering if it had been any other manager, say, press favourite ‘arry Rednap at the centre of this whether there would have been such hysterical reporting.
    Blackley – I think Ed has people who contribute to articles etc. – so presumably we refers to his team

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 12, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #4

    And why does ed think that shearers words were words of support?

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 12, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #5

    Martoon

    Do his team speak as one? In some group meeting or conference call? Or is he speaking in regal tones?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 12, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #6

    Blackley,
    When Ed says “we” I guess he is referring to he and his son who helps with the blog.

    The commission is independent as those on the commission have to meet certain criteria that means they have not been employed or have business dealings with any party involved, and have not been a member of the FA Council. It is a commission set up by the FA but independent of the FA.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 12, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #7

    And yes, I guess they will have discussed their thoughts on the matter and that is the consensus they have come to.

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  • martoon

    Mar 12, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #8

    Shearer is still very bitter that he wasn’t offered the manager’s job after we were relegated. However given how well CH did then Ashley was probably correct on that decision although Shearer will never admit it. I loved Shearer as a player but don’t rate him as a pundit and especially as a manager!

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  • Ben3arfa

    Mar 12, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #9

    Is Shearer ever going to manage us again?

    Hes declined the Blackburn and West Brom jobs before and doesnt seem interested in management at all.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 12, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #10

    Martoon

    Why do you think pardew gets picked on by the press more than others do?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 12, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #11

    Ben3Arfa,
    I think he was interviewed and wasn’t appointed. He didn’t decline. He also interviewed for Cardiff but they said no as he demanded a huge wedge of cash – the same reason he wasn’t given the job for us in the Championship.

    Hopefully he never manages us again!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 12, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #12

    Blackley,
    Probably because the club have put a target on their back by treating jour no’s badly….

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 12, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #13

    Lilongwe

    Cheers for clearing that up, although it’s spoilt my image of ed and his tortoise.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 12, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #14

    Lilongwe

    Hasn’t pardew been unpopular with the press for many years?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 12, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #15

    Blackley,
    Has he? I don’t think he has. The press were happy enough to be blowing smoke up his ass when we finished fifth, and he was widely praised for his job at Southampton, and getting West Ham to a cup final.

    Up until recently he has been a relatively popular figure with the media. If he was so universally despised by them he wouldn’t have been doing the bits and pieces of punditry during international tournaments.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 12, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #16

    Even last year, when most managers would come under serious pressure from the press, he got off relatively lightly with them, which to me points to it being a recent change in media opinion, and the only thing that I can put my finger on that is different is the clubs treatment of journalists in the last 15/16 months.

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  • Average_Contents

    Mar 12, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #17

    Actually, shearer was very close to becoming our new manager when Ashley tried to sell us! I hear you all asking how do you know this? Well to cut a long story short, he was to be installed if a consortium of far east businessmen had been successful in a takeover bid which happened to have my wife’s uncle at the helm. Unfortunately they couldn’t come to an agreement on the asking price as fatty wanted far too much for a championship team. They were willing to pay 100m outright and 40m for the debt with 40m left over for transfers! Shearer had agreed to become manager on 2m a year and Ian ‘1 eyed willie’ dowie was to be his assistant! Oh imagine the excitement when I found this out off the father-in-law! I didn’t know all the details until I met the man himself at his sons wedding and asked him so it was straight from the horses mouth so to speak

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  • Average_Contents

    Mar 12, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #18

    Oh sorry forgot to say that fatty wanted near 200m for us way back then so god knows what he wants now! They didn’t wanna pay that much as there wouldn’t of been anything left for transfers, although he did say that the budget would of been smaller the year after about 20m I recall

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  • thevirus

    Mar 12, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #19

    State the obvious Alan

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  • Carl819

    Mar 12, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #20

    “Players have a responsibility” to not stamp on Neil Lennon then use your football standing to get away with it. Glass houses etc.
    I’m sure the word ‘untenable’ was used by Shearer with his pundit buddies to get this regrettable episode blown out of all proportion, now he is giving him his backing. Not that sure that he needs his backing. Lot of you will disagree but Shearer shouldn’t have sided with the ‘failed manager/not good enough to be a manager’ pundits (since when did Sourness earn the right to criticise anything about us) to get a few more well paid T.V. minutes and should have described the incident for what it was: provoked , stupid, inconsequential and regrettable.
    Loss of respect for ‘The No. 9″ over this.

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  • Sav

    Mar 12, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #21

    I agree. Why do these charity challenges have to be such a complete waste of time. Big Al spends so much time sitting on it these days, it is a wonder he still finds occasion to talk through it so much. Great player but as both a pundit and a manager he is worse than ordinary.

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  • Carl819

    Mar 12, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #22

    And sitting on loads of seats with Robbie Saliva age, great. Go and help some disabled kids or injured ex servicemen for 5 days, I’d sponsor that.

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  • lesh

    Mar 12, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #23

    Lilo.

    Wasn’t Shearer popped that he ended the relegation season as manager, expressed a desire to manage and said he’d need at least £Xm for a budget then heard nothing at all from Ashley?

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