Pardew Will Still Have His Finger On The Pulse

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis has given his press conference today for the game at Newcastle on Saturday, and he has made some interesting comments about his opposite number – Newcastle manager Alan Pardew – who is currently serving a seven game ban handed down by the FA last week, and Pardew  cannot be in the stadium on Saturday for the home game.

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Alan Pardew – can communicate his observations to John Carver

But Tony says that it’s still possible for Alan Pardew to have some significant input into the game,  given the level of technology that exists today.

This is what Tony said about Pardew’s role in the game tomorrow:

“Alan will have more control than people think, with technology today, you can always have your finger on the pulse.” “If he is watching the game from afar, as long as he has contact – which he will have with the coaching staff – then I am sure they would have sorted that.”

“Obviously you want to be there, in the thick of the action when all the preparation finishes, and you want to be there with the players when you can.” “There are a lot of managers who sit on the bench and they don’t move, there are others, and I am one of them, who get really involved in the game.”

“It is different for horses for courses, is there a right way, is there a wrong way? No, there is not.”

Pardew could at the very least sent tweets or instant messages to the coaching staff,  about what he is seeing in the game, and of course he could call in by cell phone at half time – and before the game he will deliver his pre-game talk to the players in a hotel suite.

So you would think it’s possible that Alan can get his points over to assistant manager John Carver – although there’s nothing quite like being on the touchline at a game.

And maybe it was just coincidence, but our lads didn’t play well last Saturday at Fulham, and they didn’t seem to be concentrating fully on the game, and form some of the comments of the players after the game they said it was a bit weird with Alan not being on the touchline.

But maybe on Saturday we’ll see a more fully committed performance and a good win – and that will help allay our concerns that the absence of Pardew at the games, will have a negative impact on our results.

A win is what we need on Saturday. 😀

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41 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 20, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #1

    His finger on the pulse, his voice in Carvers ear and his head in someones face.

    Business as usual.

  • Sazzer

    Mar 20, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #2

    Gomis have scored more goals than Falcao this season. Although in 21 games vs 16 games.

  • mag

    Mar 20, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #3

    The guy makes you cringe a 52 year old bovver boy.

  • mag

    Mar 20, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #4

    And all these football geniuses on here pushing for us to sign Ince and Zaha, they aren’t exactly pulling up any trees with the relegation two.

  • beermonkey

    Mar 20, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #5


    would u take a punt on mosses he wont get a game at Chelsea and cant get in fools side

  • eric

    Mar 20, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Moses is a canny player but he can’t get a game for Liverpool either mate.

  • mag

    Mar 20, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #7

    Victor moses can’t get a game for Liverpool where he’s on loan, so I’d pass on him beermonkey.

  • billy

    Mar 20, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #8

    Chelsea will have a massive clear out at the end of the season if they don’t win anything there might be some bargains but will fatty buy?

  • viv

    Mar 20, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #9

    Wor team is full of never has beens it needs a good clearance and some quality signed pronto and Pardew gone as well.

  • stan anderson

    Mar 20, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #10

    Finger on the pulse haha.
    What a joke.
    We,d be just as well with no pulse instead of having him with his finger on anything to do with our once proud club.

  • Whumpie

    Mar 20, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #11

    Change the record, Stan. If there’s one thread where it’s a bit incongruous to insist that the manager has an adverse affect, surely it’s the one that’s on about the impact of not having him there, and after his absence coinciding with one of the team’s worst performances?

    Apart from being bloody boring, the same old digs at the manager stop any real banter on the subject of the article, which pretty much kills the point of writing them.

  • Whumpie

    Mar 20, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #12

    While I’m being a spiky git (sorry – that kind of day) can I just point out that if by “once proud” you mean we used to do better than 9th, you’ll have to go back about 40 years. 9th is actually our average position in the PL.

    That doesn’t mean I’m happy with it, just that I get a bit pissed off with all the sniping at the manager, when it’s clearly the owner that should be on the end of it.

  • thevirus

    Mar 20, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #13

    It doesn’t matter if he is there or not Newcastle are not going to play the attacking style of football that I would like to see and never will as long as Pardews there, but sometimes it’s better the devil u know and right now I think that is the case, can’t think of anyone better who realistically want to come to Newcastle

  • ayecanny

    Mar 20, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #14

    T.ince wouldn’t be a bad shout, his first couple of months in the prem as well as being a winger. He dosn’t exactly fit into pulis tactics.. But the guy has pace and can deliver, think hes twenty.

    Ravel Morrison but be a good buy, five million, his heads not screwed on but after the last few performances for qpr, you cannit knoock the guy..

    Zaha, give me a couple of seasons will be some boy, just struggeling at the moment.. A loan move for him would not be bad business

  • Whumpie

    Mar 20, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #15

    Thevirus – I kind of half agree with you… the bit about who else would come here. But when it comes to attacking football, I think Pards has shown consistently that when he has the appropriate players to do it, he does it.
    At the beginning of this season he was getting stick for too many long balls. Now we play very few (I think we’re in the bottom 3 for long balls) but he STILL gets the criticism.

    Right now he has four strikers available:
    – One who has zero confidence and has one penalty to his name.
    – One who is 32 and going from slow and ineffectual to comatose before our eyes. Doesn’t even slay mackems any more.
    – One who arrived six weeks ago and still hasn’t scored; pretty much continuing his form from the Bundesliga
    – A 17-year-old. Just.

    What the hell does anyone expect? A goalfest?

    This is Ashley’s doing, not Pardew’s. Selling your best players every window and not replacing them leaves you with a TEAM to play attacking football, but not a SQUAD to do so. That’s why we’re 9th, not 5th. In all honesty, we really ought to be about 13th.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 20, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #16

    Do you have the problem this site changes layout all the time these days?

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 20, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #17

    Ibiza…I thought you would say his head up someone’s arse 😉

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 20, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #18

    More and more people coming to your way of thinking regarding that now.

  • Belfast

    Mar 20, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #19

    Jesper, always bloody moaning :0

  • guvnor

    Mar 20, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #20

    Whumpie maybe people aren’t as thick skinned as you pardew gets on a lot of fans nerves and the way he conducts his self leaves him wide open to ridicule. We might have had better chance at finishing in the top six if he hadn’t been a violent idiot.

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 20, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #21

    Jesper…Good call 🙂

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 20, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #22

    Shut up Belfast 😀

  • toon kk

    Mar 20, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #23

    All we can be is positive, Mash might put his hand deep in his pocket and get some great players in, instead of relying on one loan signing to win us a game.

  • guvnor

    Mar 20, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #24

    Old Pardew acts like he’s managing a sunday league outfit instead of a Tyneside giant judging by the type of players he looks at the sunday league is right up his street.

  • Belfast

    Mar 20, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #25

    Howdy Ibiza.

    Ya know the way you’re not really in Ibiza anymore, are you going to change your name to Stockport Stan or something at any stage ?

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 20, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #26

    Always excuses for Pardew on here I see!

    …imagine we all of us could go though life like that (it would be bloody amazing 😉 )

    It’s never my fault!

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 20, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #27

    Jesper @22…An even better call. Someone is on form today.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 20, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #28

    Belfast…there is really no reason why Ibiza should change his real name to Stan now is there?

    Ibiza…Is there? 😀

  • Belfast

    Mar 20, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #29

    Yep Jesper 🙂

  • guvnor

    Mar 20, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #31

    If we can’t talk about the manager what else is there to talk about?

  • Belfast

    Mar 20, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #32

    Well he’s not really Ibizatoon anymore 🙂

    How about Dirk Diggler ?

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 20, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #33

    Belfast…Hola! Seeing as I am back in Ibiza, I don’t expect a name change anytime soon 😉

    Jesper…I think a fair few have Pardews number, it’s just that the overriding factor for many is that it’s Ashley that has control over the club at the end of the day and seems happy with the job that is being done. So really, where is the problem?

    Pardew is the perfect man for Ashley and there lies the real issue. Well for me anyway, I understand you view it differently, but just trust me on this…you’re wrong 🙂

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 20, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #34

    Belfast…If we’re looking for factual names on here, shouldn’t you be considering a change from “fast” to “end”?

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 20, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #35

    Ibiza…what was it you said yesterday? it’s all about perspective and opinion right? 😉

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 20, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #36

    Jesper…Did I say that? I probably meant to say it’s NOT about perspective and opinion.

    It’s about acceptance. Acceptance that I am always right. I thought you knew that already?

  • guvnor

    Mar 20, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #37

    Ashley the tight wad has no ambition for Toon and everybody knows it but keep dreaming he’s going to change no chance the geezer has been here since 2007 and nothing has changed and we’ve been relegated in that time

  • Belfast

    Mar 20, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #38

    I didn’t no that Ibiza.
    Thought you where in reading or somewhere these days ?

    And I won’t be changing my name to bellend sadly.

    Lord Belfast of blogville seems more fitting.

    And Jesper shut it !

  • stuart no9

    Mar 20, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #39

    i cant see why we will play any differantly if pardew is there or not. For 3 years now we have gone out on the pitch with the same mindset , same game plan , same tactics, they must know it in their sleep. pardew being there or not wont make any difference to the way we play – same boring stuff.

  • toon kk

    Mar 20, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #40

    People call for Pardew to be sacked but we are above mid table and with our current squad that’s our best potential, in fact we would be in a relegation battle without Remy.
    I agree we could maybe do slightly better with a better manager but Mash owns the club and that ain’t gonna happen.


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