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Pardew – It’s Not As Bad As I Thought It Would Be

11:54 pm, Monday, March 24th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 20 Comments

Alan Pardew has said it was a lot better on Saturday than it was at Fulham, because he was in similar surroundings in his office at the Benton Training grounds, to watch the match at home to Crystal Palace  on TV – and of course we did win this time – which makes everything and anything look a lot better.

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Alan Pardew - it was better the second time around

Assistant manager John Carver will again be in charge of the team, in what seems to be a very tough game for the lads.

And we’ll still be without Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy,  who are still out inured and they will both probably miss the game at Southampton on Saturday – another tough game for us.

John and Alan will again rely on a land-line phone – which seemed to work well last Saturday.

This is what Alan said today:

“I was a bit more mentally prepared for the events. I was in my room, a comfortable, working environment for me, rather than a hotel room.”

“I felt a bit more sense of the stadium because I know the stadium and the noises it makes, so I was a little more attached to this game and the communication was spot on,  because we had a land-line and there was a clarity in the conversations.”

“It is not ideal, not something I will look to do ever again,  and hopefully I will never end up in this position.” “I am pleased this is the last game although it has not been as bad as I thought it would be.”

It’s a tough game tomorrow against a very good side, who seem to have improved under new manager Roberto Martinez – who seems an expert on the tactical side of the game.

John Carver please note. :D

We’d be happy enough with a draw tomorrow night and we see only 26% of readers think we’ll win the game.

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  • 1 jimmysmith // Mar 24, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    When he’s in the stand, seeing the action from up high, he’ll doubtless be constantly miked up to Carver. It could turn out to be an advantage. As he’ll be able to better judge the way the game is unfolding from the stands and he’ll be right in Carvers ear to make tactical adjustments. Then again, too many cooks and all that.

  • 2 Ciaran // Mar 25, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Lesh from few threads ago

    You’re very poorly informed for a number of reasons;

    1) Maintaining the lease does not cost the club anything – it actually earns the club over 80k a year as the council rent it from NUFC

    2) Maintaining the lease – or the 109 years that are currently left of it – means that if at any point NUFC wish to expand SJP they have the ability to do that. By selling the benefit of the lease to private developer who will most likely put student accommodation on that ground the club are ensuring that they can never expand the stadium again.

    Mike Ashley is selling NUFC’s future for short term monetary gain and you think this is nonsense spouting?

    You’re on the wrong side of this argument. Is the future of SJP only worth a couple of million to you?

  • 3 RonVanDam // Mar 25, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    jimmysmith

    I always thought birds eye view was a better position to make a decision then by the stands. That way you could see how the team is holding its shape and pick out your strengths and weaknesses better.

  • 4 Online Guy // Mar 25, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    Lesh ,

    I’m falling for nothing . I’m just asking questions as re the Land ..I can also apply some theory ..If Ashley gives up the long term lease and the land is then built on then we cannot expand ..short term gain by Ashley and no thoughts for our future. He just does not care ..can you see that now with the fact’s Iv just presented you with ? can you ?

  • 5 Online Guy // Mar 25, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    Ciaran , are you about ?..got a question for you.

  • 6 Online Guy // Mar 25, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    Message to Nust members

    The fans could buy the land for the future owners of Newcastle United ..hold it in trust, and at the point of sale get all the money back, and also earn £80 k a year for the trust ! win -win !

    52 thousand divided = £96 quid each .

    Is the land still up for grab’s ? Nust what think ?.. Ciaran ?

  • 7 Online Guy // Mar 25, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    52 thousand divided = £96 quid each . £6 million !

    How much does Ashley want ?

  • 8 Ciaran // Mar 25, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    What’s your question Online?

  • 9 jimmysmith // Mar 25, 2014 at 3:35 AM

    Isn’t it possible that they are returning the land to the city under the proviso that it would be made available for use for ground expansion purposes in the future, or any other number of scenarios that aren’t anywhere near as sinister as would first appear. I think this story needs to unfold a little more before the howls of protest should begin in earnest.

  • 10 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 25, 2014 at 5:31 AM

    But Online…wouldn’t Ashley make the club less desirable by doing so?

    …and in that process get less money for the club? Why would that be a good idea?

  • 11 cyprus // Mar 25, 2014 at 5:51 AM

    How does he get to see the game if it’s not televised? Footballstreaming?

    Colo must be missing his kids (maybe not so much the wife). It’s only right to let him make his own decision, he’s been a good servant, we should respect that.

    And, controversially: It’s time people calm down regarding MA. He’s seemingly trying to mend bridges, the hate movement simply gets us nowhere. There aren’t many billionaires out there and NO ONE wants to buy AND INVEST in this club. The smartest thing to do is let MA support his club. You (and I) may be surprised how he might invest (heart and pocket) again.

  • 12 Himanshu Dhingra // Mar 25, 2014 at 6:24 AM

    Cyprus

    NUFC TV? may be.

  • 13 Slank // Mar 25, 2014 at 6:26 AM

    I’m surprised that there appears to be none of the coaching staff sitting in the stands as a different perspective of the way the team is playing collectively and individually can be viewed that is different if sitting by the touchline.

  • 14 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 25, 2014 at 6:45 AM

    I am missing the motivation here for why Mike wouldn’t want sell to sell the lease and eventually loose millions when he is trying to sell Newcastle?

    …does anyone have more info that might explain this?

  • 15 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 25, 2014 at 6:49 AM

    I am missing the motivation here to why Mike would want to sell the lease and eventually loose millions when he is trying to sell Newcastle?

    …does anyone have more info that might explain this?

  • 16 Average_Contents // Mar 25, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    Before you accuse posters of falling for “dribble” why not get the facts yourself?

    As stated by Ciaran, the club pays not a penny but actually receives money for the land I believe it’s leased to the council as a car park.

    So who is the one stumbling along, blindly infatuated with fatty? He who does no wrong!

  • 17 Average_Contents // Mar 25, 2014 at 7:27 AM

    Online guy

    Good idea in theory yet I get the feeling that if NUFC fans were to get involved that fatty would dismiss it out of hand as he clearly has little time for us plus if he really thought about selling it to fans why sell it in the first place?

  • 18 Jail for Ashley // Mar 25, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    Jesper,
    Because the final price he sells us for isn’t a big deal, in six years time he’s when he’s got all his money back he’s going to flog the entire first team squad so it doesnt really matter about a bit of land he’s going to send us into the dark ages.

  • 19 Black and White with an army lol // Mar 25, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    Everton at home aye, I can see them doing a double on us tonight, 4-0 to Everton is my prediction Lukaku is going to be a nightmare for us.

    Mike Ashley again is going to be in the stands with the other pathetic 50+thousand fans, I only hope some looney Toon chases the fat b@stard out of our club and when we get hammered I hope the fans in attendance will look down at there ticket and think ” ffs this was a waste of money”

    but don’t worry though MA is 100% proud of taken your money it’s as simple as that.

  • 20 lesh // Mar 25, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Ciaran….. So maintaining the lease costs nothing? Are you certain that the club bought it outright, cash? That’s the only way there’d be no mortgage on the lease.

    Would anyone help me understand how such a small plot of land can be critical to the development of SJP? Ciaren?




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