Fans Are Fair – I Take Responsibility – Harmony Now Needed


Alan Pardew has given his press conference for the important game against Swansea City on Saturday, and he has said one or two interesting things – one of which is that the Newcastle fans are fair, but the team have not been fair to the fans in the last four games.

alan pardew before 4-0 loss at Sanits

Alan Pardew – fans are fair
Alan caused great controversy after the defeat at Stoke,  when he basically blamed the local press for the defeat, and that didn’t go down too well with the fans, and it certainly didn’t go down well with the local press. 🙁

And it caused a fire-storm early last week, and at times it was a bit scary with all the negative press, but it seems Alan has tried to be more conciliatory today – at least to the fans.

This is some of what Alan has said in his press conference

“If you lose four on the trot as Newcastle manager it’ll always be difficult.” “We all have to shoulder the responsibility, none more so than myself.”

“I think the fans are fair.” “And we haven’t been fair to them recently with our performances.” “I want to bring back that harmony we had with them not so long ago.”

“We have got three or four back in the training ground, Remy and Debuchy are back training, Sissoko is running.”  “I hope that the fans give the team great backing.”

“I hope that we can put in a performance that helps because it goes hand in hand.” “Swansea are a great footballing side, they keep the ball and frustrate you – we have to be patient and take our chances.”

Pardew has done the right thing, because the number one rule of leadership when things are going wrong is that the leader must take full responsibility – it goes with the territory – and Alan seems to have finally done that – and that’s a good thing.

It’s also good that Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy look like they will make the Swansea game, and Moussa should be back for the game at the Emirates a week come Monday night.

There were signs unfolded wanting rid of Pardew at the Britannia Stadium last Saturday, and there could be similar protests at the game on Saturday.

Quite honestly, for the sake of the club, we just hope we can break our four game losing streak and get a win on Saturday, and of course Swansea have their own problems off the field at the moment.

But we know the Geordie fans will always support their players – just as long as they are giving 100% – so it will be important for the lads to make a good start in Saturday’s game.

We are hoping for a win on Saturday – but 64% of our fans think we’ll lose the game.

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A win will significantly lift the dire mood on Tyneside at the moment.

Here’s hoping.

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146 comments so far

  • JackButler

    Apr 17, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #1

    “I hope that the fans give the team great backing.”

    We will always have and always will back the team that runs out on match day, it you, you damn idiot and your tight fisted boss, that the fans are sick to the back teeth with.

    Lets see who this fools blames if/when Swansea run right over the top of us…………………….surely there can’t be many people left……………………..can there???

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  • Graeme

    Apr 17, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #2

    Jack, completely true – I gave up going after the scum debacle, its no longer worth the effort or the expence to travel all the way to SJP for the crap that is on offer. I also refuse to put a penny into MA’s pocket – he already has far more money than he knows what to do with.

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  • will.dawg

    Apr 17, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #3

    “Swansea are a great footballing side, they keep the ball and frustrate you” – the excuses have begun, prepare yourselves boys!

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  • guvnor

    Apr 17, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #4

    Pardews in the wrong game,he should be a politician their all thick skinned and never to blame.

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Apr 17, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #5

    he takes responsibility is that an apology?

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  • JackButler

    Apr 17, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #6

    Graeme

    For me to get to see a game at SJP it’s a 700 mile round trip and a big financial outlay, consequently I haven’t been to a game for well over a year and will not set foot inside the stadium again until Ashley and Pardew are long gone.

    I’m sick of the lie’s from both of them and like you, I won’t put another penny their way.

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  • guvnor

    Apr 17, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #7

    Pardew says Sissoko is running, where for the hills?

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  • guvnor

    Apr 17, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #8

    Young Colback would be a canny signing on a freebie, but would he end up like Gosling has under the league one coaching sessions.

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  • jazzyp

    Apr 17, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #9

    JB….Afternoon mate
    You could be waiting along time then my friend.
    Hypothetically speaking if Pardew was sacked and we brought in a manager that played attractive football and got the best out of the squad………Are you saying you still wont go because of the owner ?

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  • JackButler

    Apr 17, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #10

    jazzyp

    We both know that that will never happen.

    As much as I despise Pardew as our manager he is simply the puppet of Ashley and it’s Ashley who is the true problem with our club and under Ashley nothing will change.

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  • JackButler

    Apr 17, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #11

    jazzyp

    and a good afternoon to you too mate 😀

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  • jazzyp

    Apr 17, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #12

    Stambouli and Colback are we already have in our locker.Why replenish the team with exactly the same Dna,Rather go for attack minded…….Creative players we so desperately crave

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  • guvnor

    Apr 17, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Jazzy a plausible impossibility that fatty could suddenly come to his senses and sack Pardew and appoint a bona fide football manager. We live in hope!

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  • jazzyp

    Apr 17, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #14

    JB
    You broke up for bank holiday mate.?? I bet there is some awkward conversations this weekend mate aint there regarding this match due to the southern part of the country you live in

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  • JackButler

    Apr 17, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #16

    What people need to realise is that Ashley will not sack Pardew. Why would he???

    We are currently hitting all our targets for the season so it’s happy days as far as Ashley is concerned and even if we do drop out of the top ten we will retain out PL place and all the lovely, lovely cash that comes with that and he’d have the added bonus of not having to pay out on bonuses plus an additional 100k thrown into the mix because old lose neck has a liking for butting Hull players.

    All in all Pardew is more likely to get a contract extension rather than the sack

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  • MosesNUFC

    Apr 17, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #17

    PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO ANSWER THIS QUESTION!

    Would you be happy if Ashley sacked Pardew and appointed either Michael Laudrup or Gus Poyet?

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  • jazzyp

    Apr 17, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #18

    Interesting read in the mag today and posed a good question…….If there is significant transfer funds available for this summer,Will it make it any difference whowe bring in as Pardew will still be Managing them ??.

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  • jazzyp

    Apr 17, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #19

    Moses
    No keep Pardew lol

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  • JackButler

    Apr 17, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #20

    jazzyp

    no mate don’t finish until tomorrow afternoon 🙁 but to be fair the Swans fans are just as ready to see the back of this season as we are, they are pretty deflated of late

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  • JackButler

    Apr 17, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #21

    MosesNUFC

    Laudrup wouldn’t come and Poyet is just as average as Pardew

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  • jazzyp

    Apr 17, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #22

    Jb
    Do you think the European Venture was a step to much for them like ourselves and stoke before that.Unless you have Quality in depth like the top teams I think its bound to affect your season.
    Question for ya mate………The swans go down this season-Would you take Bony as our Remy replacement ??

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  • JackButler

    Apr 17, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #23

    jazzyp

    The europa cup killed them just like it did with us as we both have small squad that simply can’t take the strain of all those extra games and travelling as it allows no recovery time at all.

    And yes mate, in fact a big YES to taking Bony as I was gutted that he went to the Swans and not to us, but if not Bony then we have to get Dumbia as he’d be the perfect player for us

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 17, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #24

    Afternoon all,

    I’d like to see some positivity in what Pardew has said, it’s sadly a few days late and follows blaming the press.

    It stinks of back tracking. Too little, too late.

    It will be interesting to see what reception he gets this weekend. I’d also pose the question of what might happen if we do actually put in a performance and win, but that seems somewhat far fetched with how things have been going lately, so I wont.

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  • jazzyp

    Apr 17, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #25

    JB
    But what about Demba Ba?????????…………Nah only kidding bud,We have already had this debate lol

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 17, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #26

    JB…Nice to see you haven’t deserted us completely.

    I might regret this, but has Belfast been on? Don’t remember seeing him post in ages…not that I’m complaining of course 😉

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  • JackButler

    Apr 17, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #27

    Ibiza

    Afternoon mate.

    It’s a sad fact that whenever the man speaks I think he’s the only one that believes a word that passes his lips.

    Personally I think he’s burnt all his bridges and is only holding onto his job as Ashley is even more clueless when it comes to doing the right thing

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  • JackButler

    Apr 17, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #28

    jazzyp

    That traitorous wretch can rot in his Chelsea shirt as far as I’m concerned 😉

    Ibiza

    I just can’t keep away mate 😀

    Not heard from Belfast, perhaps his carer has taken away his internet privileges 😀

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 17, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #29

    JB…I would be interested to see the interview, I wonder whether he managed to make it look at all convincing. He probably did, as you say, he seems to manage to convince himself he’s telling the truth.

    As for Ashley, the right thing for who? From where I’m sitting, he’s got it just right, for him.

    Still, you would have thought that he’s realised he’s missing a trick with the way he runs the club. Well, you’d hope and you’d be left disappointed.

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  • lew

    Apr 17, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #30

    The only way to get something out of this window is to make ourselfs attractive as a club.

    The only way we do that, is by sacking P

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  • JackButler

    Apr 17, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #31

    Ibiza

    Thats what I’ve been saying about Ashley mate, all these people thinking that there is the smallest chance of him actually sacking Pardew are really clutching at straws as Ashley will be happy as Larry with what’s happening.

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  • wynsleap

    Apr 17, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #32

    guvnor @ 13 – Ashley will never hire a bona fide manager as such an operator, if he’s worth his salt, would want to see evidence of some ambition and investment into the team.
    Unfortunately that isn’t part of Ashley’s religion.
    If Pardew was to go to take the heat off the portly fella expect another manager who drinks with him at the Dog and Duck or wherever. Maybe even JK back again as Ash hates us that much and would think it a hoot.
    Incidentally is anyone else getting their messages from their security programme online saying that The Mag comments (on Newsnow) are unlawful and to move off the site. Any comments guys?

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 17, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #33

    JB…The only way I see Pardew going is when Ashley needs to buy himself some time. I don’t think we’re too far off of that point, but I don’t think the plan is for it to be this summer.

    Give it another disappointing window and slow start to next season and watch Ashley throw Pardew to the lions. Of course, by that point it’ll be a bit late to get the type of manager he really wants and then we wait again.

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  • Our Toon

    Apr 17, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #34

    Afternoon lads, I’m not an ITK but do know someone who is close to the french lads as he sorted the club out with translators/teachers for the initial period the guys were bought. Debuchy and HBA have categorically said they will leave if Pardew is manager next season, Remy wants top 4 club but even if he doesn’t get that he won’t play under Pardew. We apparently have a lot of unhappy players who feel they were lied to when we bought them. As a squad most are frustrated with the setup for matches and for training, they hate the type of football they are asked to play.

    Please remember this is what my mate says and although he knows the lads I’m not sure how reliable the info is. Make of it what you want

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  • JackButler

    Apr 17, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #35

    Ibiza

    What really scares me now is that come the start of next season we can and more than likely will see at least eight players leave with most having no confidence that we will replace them let alone the glaring holes that are already in the squad, plus what manager in his right mind would want to come and work for Ashley? I though in the past that there would be a fair list willing to have a crack at it, but I think that Ashley as alienated himself so much as an owner that we are damaged goods as long as he owns us.

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  • Slank

    Apr 17, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #36

    JackButler

    Ashley is a maverick businessman who has outsmarted virtually all his rivals destroying many in the process and has made moves (House of Fraser, Debenhams) that the smart suits in The City did not anticipate.

    Now the question is – Is he a maverick football club owner? Will he do what everyone thinks he will do because that is what owners of football clubs do or will he revert to what he knows best and his own successful hunches. We wait and see I suppose.

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  • Our Toon

    Apr 17, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #37

    I have to disagree Jack, Poyet is a better manager than Percy. He’s already won more as a manager than Percy has. He’s got the worst team in the league to manage, yet beat us in both games…..Poyet 4 Pards 0 i believe (with 4 inferior teams)

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  • JackButler

    Apr 17, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #38

    Slank

    How can you say wait an see? do you honestly think that he’s gonna change his approached to how we are run? do you think that all of a sudden he’s gonna decide to turn us into a champions league side?

    What he see’s in us now is a cash cow if we continue to simply exist in this league and he will do everything he can to ensure that happens, but he will always do this for the least amount of outlay possible

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  • Slank

    Apr 17, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #39

    Jack

    Managers are mercenaries and cry all the way to the bank when they are sacked. They will work for anybody. They know that the vast majority of owners are egotistical bastards who have made their billions by crushing the opposition.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 17, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #40

    Ourtoon…Could be true, could be made up. Certainly plausible, but I think most of us half hope / expect this type of story.

    Best taken with a pinch of salt.

    JB…Given our recent history with regards to transfer windows I don’t know how any sane minded person thinks they can pull this off. Truth of the matter is, I think words like incompetence get dropped quite a lot when talking about the hierarchy at NUFC, however, it’s more a well planned operation so until the plan changes, nothing else will. Ashley isn’t a mug and knows full well what he’s doing. If he wanted it to be different, he’d change it. Simple as.

    As for who would come in to manage us? I’m starting to wonder whether we’re all just a bit too close to the situation and have lost perspective. I don’t see why anyone half decent would, how many reputations have been enhanced whilst working for Ashley?

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