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Praise For Fantastic Alan Pardew From Youth Team Coach

9:33 am, Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 61 Comments

It was good to see some of the first team players at the FA Youth Cup quarter-final tie against Chelsea last night at St. James’ Park, and captain Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson and Ryan Taylor – recovering from the serious second serious ACL knee injury – were all there to cheer on the youngsters – and manager Alan Pardew was also at the gamne, after returning from his hearing at Wembley in London earlier in the day.

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Dave Watson – impressed with Pardew

And after going ahead 2-1 at the half with goals from Olivier Kemen and Adam Armstrong,  Chelsea came back strongly with two goals in the second half,  to shade the tie by a score of 3-2, and they now will meet Arsenal in the semi-final.

Alan gave the youngsters a pep talk in the dressing room after the defeat,  and it certainly seemed to impress Newcastle U18 coach Dave Watson, who had this to say in the local press today about the Newcastle manager:

“He’s absolutely fantastic with the kids,”  “He’s given them an awful lot of praise.” “For a Premier League manager to come in and spend time with them is great.”

Bringing youngsters through the ranks   is one of Newcastle’s major policies, and it’s also part of Alan’s job at Newcastle to encourage the kids,  and hopefully bring them through into the first team squad.

And a measurement of how good Newcastle’s recruiting of youngsters is these days – is how we perform in the FA Youth Cup each season, and getting through to the quarter finals this year was very good.

It would also be just great if we can win the trophy for a third time, after Newcastle won it back in 1962 and then again in 1985.

Comments welcome.

Note: Owen Frost is running from Inverness to London for Cancer Research UK in memory of his mother, who unfortunately passed away in December. Owen starts at Inverness on 15th July and finishes in London on 6th August – please see if you can support Owen here.

Tags: FA Youth Cup · Newcastle Academy · Newcastle News · Newcastle U18 · Other News


61 responses so far ↓

  • 1 dufuss // Mar 12, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    being caught at cheating is too good for ashers

  • 2 dufuss // Mar 12, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    fatty in cahoots with the fa

  • 3 Scottiedog // Mar 12, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Great to see the Senior Players there last night!

  • 4 Rotonda heights // Mar 12, 2014 at 9:59 AM


    Why are you so convinced we will do worse without Pardew. Before the last 2 games we had endured one of the worst runs ever in NUFC history! Talk about fickle!

    Who knows Carver may be very refreshing and place more emphasis on attack and not split up MYM and Willo for deadbeat Saylor or wantaway Colo.

  • 5 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 12, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Good to see some of the lads going to support the youths last night

    By all accounts Ryan Taylor has dedicated a huge amount of time and effort in to the U21′s and U18′s whilst recovering from his ACL injury which is great touch

    And good to here that Pardew has gone in after the game to offer words of encouragement, be a big lift for the lads to have the support of the first team manager and players

  • 6 dufuss // Mar 12, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    two and a crock, the whole squad and reserves should have been there

  • 7 Sliema // Mar 12, 2014 at 10:02 AM


    Oh well, they’ll never get a first team chance under Pardew, but at least he gives them a few precious minutes of his life when he’s hot nowt better to do!

  • 8 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 12, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Come off it mate, do you think Carver is suddenly going to start picking the starting line up and tactics?
    No chance, Pardew will still be the one taking training, deciding the starting 11, setting the tactics
    All Carver will be doing is waiting for another member of staff to tell him when Pardew has txt him a substitution

  • 9 Ben3arfa // Mar 12, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    I miss Ryan Taylor, he was the type of player that’d step up and score a free kick if we were playing badly.

    Would like to see the lad get into coaching in the near future, he’s not even 30 yet!

  • 10 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 12, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Have to agree, great honest pro

    Never going to set world alight but always an extremely hardworking squad player who always gives 100% and these are players you need in the squad, always prepared to step in and take there chance when it’s given to them, bit like Iron Mike and Perchinio

  • 11 Ketsbaia9 // Mar 12, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Ryan Taylor will be back up to Debuchy next season.

  • 12 martoon // Mar 12, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    I really don’t see how this non-communication thing for the Stadium ban can possibly work. Although said in jest by toonarmydownsouth surely you could have somebody in contact with Pardew, say, in the crowd directly behind Carver relaying messages. I’m sure Pardew will watch the match on a video link somewhere and know exactly what is going on.

  • 13 Average_Contents // Mar 12, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    From previous thread regarding Shearer.

    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

  • 14 Average_Contents // Mar 12, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    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

  • 15 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 12, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Wasn’t in jest at all, there’s no way in hell they can 100% enforce a communications ban

    Why would the club have him in hotel with real time stats and match details?
    So many staff in the dug out he can just txt anyone

  • 16 Rotonda heights // Mar 12, 2014 at 10:19 AM


    i guess.

  • 17 dufuss // Mar 12, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    cant see him totally recovering or any where near back to his best, squad player at best possibly retiring staff job even

  • 18 dufuss // Mar 12, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    fa will use mi6 radio scanning/blocking resources to impose it hahah

  • 19 mindshaft // Mar 12, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Shearer and Dowie were the worst double act since Dick & Dom – utterly clueless with football management and not funny at all

  • 20 mindshaft // Mar 12, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    I’ve sent Pard’s a link to wiziwig – hopefully there’ll be some decent links for Fulham game

  • 21 mindshaft // Mar 12, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Pard’s could hire a hot air balloon and watch the game from above

    Let’s send him some suggestions

  • 22 mindshaft // Mar 12, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Or he could dress as the mascot

  • 23 Scottiedog // Mar 12, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    @22 – Love the Mascot idea!!

  • 24 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 12, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Away at Fulham? He’ll use his cockney charm and art of disguise and just sit in the stands!

  • 25 mindshaft // Mar 12, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    How about pard’s shaving his head, wearing a pair of trunks then dive around the pitch so the fa just think robbens turned up to watch the game

  • 26 toonincheek // Mar 12, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Pards in a hot air balloon, over St. James.
    Great idea.
    The FA can provide all the hot air required!

  • 27 Average_Contents // Mar 12, 2014 at 10:43 AM


    I agree mate on the shearer/dowie act but at least we would of been shot of the fatty whilst investment would of been made year on year and all profits we did make would of been spent on players without selling our best one’s and with a football man at the helm not some some snotty nosed, owl faced cretin making decisions!

  • 28 Average_Contents // Mar 12, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Plus I would of been able to attend all games for free most likely in an exec box ;)

  • 29 Average_Contents // Mar 12, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Damn that fatty :(

  • 30 martoon // Mar 12, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Average_Contents – How do we know a consortium of far east businessmen would have been any better than Ashley. After all what is in it for them? If not to make money then at least free advertsing for their businesses – sounds familiar!

  • 31 Spoof // Mar 12, 2014 at 11:04 AM


    we don’t know if they would be better than Ashley, but most of us would take that chance, afterall we have been told that mid table without any cup runs is what Ashley wants, could the far east lot be any worse than that ?

  • 32 dufuss // Mar 12, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    up in the badyears blimp

  • 33 cyprus // Mar 12, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Why lose points from his absence? I think we’ll do what we’ve done: win-lose-draw… that’s from 9-12 points more, total, till the end. Bets, anyone?

  • 34 Average_Contents // Mar 12, 2014 at 11:18 AM


    How do we know anyone would be better than fatty? that’s like asking how long is a piece of string! He also told me that they wanted the club to compete and the investors were aware of how much the club was connected to the city and with a football man as their adviser at least they showed the passion and understanding to be able to have a go so,to speak, instead of mid table mediocrity and a diabolical non interest in domestic cups I believe by hearing what he had to say they had the best intentions for NUFC at heart. Alas fatty wasn’t arsed about any of this as they tried to negotiate with him! Says it all really mate!

  • 35 phatt knacker // Mar 12, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Cudnt we just set up a t.v screen where pards would sit. And he could just skype while watching the match……………then again he might just get carried away and swing his knob around if we score……….we have all been there lol
    I am banned from loitering outside dixon’s for life!!

  • 36 Average_Contents // Mar 12, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Plus I would rather take the word of an extended family member who happens to be an ex pro with England caps over fatty who had no prior experience in dealing with anything football related apart from selling tatty sports goods in his tatty shops! Just my opinion like

  • 37 Average_Contents // Mar 12, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    And also another reason I hate fatty is the simple fact that the club WAS NOT close to financial meltdown as they would have us believe. I asked him this and he laughed his tits off at the suggestion (bearing in mind they had exclusivity on the books from previous years) yes there was a deficit but nothing like the stated amounts/problems spouted by fatty and owl face

  • 38 mag // Mar 12, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Once pardew gave them one of his pep talks the game was up for the kids.

  • 39 thevirus // Mar 12, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    “For a premier league manager to come in and spend time with the kids is great” Premier league manager in status not in quality that is.

  • 40 Average_Contents // Mar 12, 2014 at 11:40 AM


    I think he went in after the game and proceeded to lay the nut on every single one of them including Watson ;)

  • 41 mag // Mar 12, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    He should have asked Watson, what it takes to have a cup run.

  • 42 mag // Mar 12, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Pardew offers advice on cup woe, brilliant!

  • 43 jimmysmith // Mar 12, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    I’m a hundred percent behind Pardew now. Sick of Ashley. F@cken bag a shit cnut. Can’t take it f@cken with ya pal, What’s the f@cken good a’ you!

    No, seriously, what s the f@cken good of him?

  • 44 jimmysmith // Mar 12, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    “from each a according to his his ability, to each according to his need”, you rotten bastard, come clean or f@ck off!

  • 45 mindshaft // Mar 12, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    Average – think its well known that fatty has basically doubled the debt whilst having years if worldwide free advertising for his chav shops, would we have gone under .. Prob not although we might have had a few lean years …… Oh hold on a minute !

  • 46 thejokethatisnufc // Mar 12, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    i need a piss

  • 47 JAMSHA // Mar 12, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Finaly took net conx on my pc … cn watch live matches online nw :D

  • 48 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 12, 2014 at 1:57 PM


    I can’t recall the press ever being particularly fond of pardew. And he was dropped from his punditry after his major gaffe.

  • 49 mindshaft // Mar 12, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    Jamsha – took net conx?

  • 50 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 12, 2014 at 2:05 PM


    We may not have been close to financial meltdown but we were all spent up. I wouldn’t be surprised if we mortgaged to the max.

  • 51 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 12, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Not completely dropped he done commentary for the Euros and has been signed up for commentary for the WC

  • 52 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 12, 2014 at 2:34 PM


    They never learn.

  • 53 Greebol1892 // Mar 12, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    So…. 8 games with an inexperienced manager in at the deep end trying to avoid relegation with a bunch of players in total disarray, devoid of confidence….. That means Shearer is a shit manager….???


    How the fcuk can people say Shearer is a crap manager in that situation after just 8 games? If it was Allardyce then I would agree! Worst ‘football’ I ever saw with that get!

  • 54 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 12, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Seems like most on here hate mikey but like or even love pardew. Who brought us pardew?

  • 55 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 12, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    I don’t mind Pardew as a person, but I would prefer a different manager

  • 56 wolfshead@toon // Mar 12, 2014 at 3:14 PM


    i didnt know that lol ;-)

  • 57 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 12, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Testing testing testing testing testing!

    Does anyone else have problems with speed when typing messages on here?

  • 58 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 12, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    My phone has been freezing for the last two days on here :(

  • 59 DokToon // Mar 12, 2014 at 3:21 PM


    if your phone freezes, take it out of the icebox then, or just cuddle with it :)

  • 60 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 12, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Dok…cheeky bastard ;)

  • 61 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 12, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    This site corrupts my pc. I can usually only use my mobile. Ed should get his son on the case. I thought Ed had an IT background?

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