Hull Incident Will Always Follow Alan Pardew


Alan Smith was Steve Coppell’s long time assistant at Crystal Palace, and then when Palace were relegated in 1993, Smith took over and he got the London side promoted back to the Premier League, but lasted just one more season before he was sacked and Steve Coppell came back.

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Alan Smith – while at Crystal Palace

And during his spell as Coppell’s assistant, Alan Pardew was at the club from 1987 through 1991, and the now 67 year-old Smith has talked about his former player – who is now serving a seven game ban for headbutting Hull City player David Meyler – which unfortunately for Newcastle United and Pardew – was news around the sporting world.

Alan Smith has talked today in the Express about Alan Pardew:

“Like anyone, I was surprised by that incident but it is not in Alan’s nature to back down to anyone or anything,” “When Alan came to Palace he had to prove himself.”

“I liked him. He was no fool, thought a lot about the game, and he was a tenacious player. Alan was never an outstanding talent but he had a decent pair of legs on him.”

“I can see Alan being very honest with his players and not taking any b******t. What you see is what you get with Alan.”

“He is the type who will tell the players straight to their faces what he thinks and I suspect the majority of players like that.”

“He obviously has ability as a manager and that comes from his character, which is clever, fast and intelligent.” “It’s a terrible shame because Alan has been a good manager for many years now.”

“But the incident at Hull will undoubtedly follow him for the rest of his footballing career. It won’t go away and that’s pretty sad.”

“What he has got in his favor is the fact that he is a fighter, always has been. He had to fight for everything he got as a player and the same is true now as a manager.”

“Alan has developed a pretty decent side there, even without Yohan Cabaye.”  “You listen to the grapevine  and you never hear of ex-players slagging off Alan Pardew and that shows he is doing something right.”

“The players seem to respect him and some might even like him. That’s to his credit and, although the Meyler incident will always be there, Alan will fight back. He always has.”

Alan Pardew has a lot to prove once again on Tyneside after almost being fired because of his stupid Meyler confrontation, which came at a time when we were winning the game rather comfortably.

And this summer will be a busy time for the Newcastle manager, as the club try to rebuild and create a decent side again, with a number of their current players expected to leave the club in the summer.

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21 comments so far

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 22, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #1

    Just read a very good article in Todays Independent who has bean speaking about his career and the TOON

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  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 22, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #2

    Read this yesterday on a News Now link -boring story -a turn off on matchday.

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  • Average_Contents

    Mar 22, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #3

    Mister Tuff

    It probably would be a drop in the ocean but that is immaterial because we all know the money would go straight to fatty’s holding company which owns the land as it got transfered from NUFC to mash holdings so we wouldn’t see a penny

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Mar 22, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #4

    what link is this on lads?

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 22, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #5

    forgot to metion the player it’s aboot – Yohan Goufran

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  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 22, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #6

    jesper -I think they could get a few bob for Benny -not a lot though and certainly not what his potential could have realised. I think they would sell him and maybe get at least £5 million. Shame really when you consider his football skills -he can do things with a ball others can only dream of. Shame he has not really reached his potential.
    thats me off for a while.

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  • Average_Contents

    Mar 22, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #7

    Charlie

    I read that article too and he seems like a really nice bloke for a professional football player, down to earth and likes being here! Just what we need, he’s gone right up in my estimation now (not that he was ever low or anything)

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Mar 22, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #8

    what article?

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  • Average_Contents

    Mar 22, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #9

    http://mobile.newsnow.co.uk/A/702930441?-11058

    Black and white with an army the link mate

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 22, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #10

    Senor Tuff.yeah it’s a shame 🙁

    …and it will be a shame next season when is replacement will be Sameobi!

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Mar 22, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #11

    Average_Contents

    cheers mate

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Mar 22, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #12

    talent like HBA doesn’t come everyday, I blame Pardew and the coaches with his duck in performance.

    HBA is like Messi in a way of attacking but both are useless in defence, Iv’e watched a few Barcelona games and not once have I seen Messi track back he stays up top waiting to cause trouble.

    HBA is the same in attack he can do extreme damage but getting him to track back is pathetic and he shouldn’t be asked to do this

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 22, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #13

    average
    always liked Goufran – puts in a hell of a stint and links up defence with attack. Be in my starting eleven every week

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 22, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #14

    Mister Tuff
    Can’t fully remember but when the land sale rumour first surfaced a couple of months back want it coupled with a rumour that the lease’s and properties had been transferred from NUFC to MASH holdings therefore any sale would mean no direct profit going through the club but straight to old Mikey’s back pocket?

    In today’s game
    There’s nout to play for, HBA has no future rightly or wrongly at the toon, we hear a lot about it being a shame to see his talent missed, personally find it appalling that a professional athlete can continually let him his conditioning drop to such a state whilst pulling in tens of thousands a week, so for me would rather see Sammy Armstrong and see a bit of that lad Aarons

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 22, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #15

    If you think that selling 5M worth of land is a bit cheeky, wait till he’s got ALL his money back and he flogs the entire first team.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Mar 22, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #16

    if we want more out of HBA we need to leave him up top, Pardew has also got to understand that all our players don’t need to track back but again though this is Pardew pathetic attempt to think he’s an good manager

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 22, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #17

    Average
    Great interview that
    Great player and top pro is our Goofy

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Mar 22, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #18

    I think Palace will win today, they are scrapping to get further away from relegation zone, they have loads to play for and more determination & fight to do so whilst Newcastle though they have nothing to prove and are quite happy staying were they are now.

    if this the case though I would want Sammy & Armstrong to start today and also Haidara, maybe these young lads have a fight in them to become 1st team starters and could show the rest of the lads how its done

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  • Average_Contents

    Mar 22, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #19

    Black and white

    I blame the coaching and the asking him to track back too. I understand that a player has to do the dirty work too but with bennys talent and attacking potential I wouldn’t expect him to tbh but Pards wants more out of him going forward, well play him then and for more than 15 minutes at a time. To blame the player against spurs and rip into him after having 15-20 is an absolute disgrace because let’s face it the whole team was sh!te that day. But he doesn’t fit in with pardews way of playing does he, on the front foot instead of sitting back, soaking up pressure then trying to hit teams on the break when as we all know we don’t have the defenders too be able to play that way. Again down to pardew and his rubbish dinosauresk tactics the coknose lier

    Charlie

    I agree he always puts in a decent shift and is an attacking threat too

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 22, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #20

    Average
    Look at the state of the bloke, he makes Stevie T look anorexic, there’s a reason he’s only getting 20 odd minutes

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  • Average_Contents

    Mar 22, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #21

    Tads

    That is goofy and we love him for it

    I believe the lands were transferred over to mash holdings from NUFC as I said earlier we won’t get to see any of that cash mate its all going to fatty

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