Pardew – The Squad Will Be Strengthened In The Summer

Alan Pardew gave his press conference very early at 9:00 this morning for the Arsenal game, and he was surprisingly upbeat when he talked to reporters, and it seems the squad has had a good week in training, and that Mathieu Debuchy, Loic Remy, and the fit again Moussa Sissoko, will all start at the Emirates on Monday night.

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Alan Pardew – upbeat at press conference

We mention the manager was upbeat because he’s taken a bit of a mauling in the press this week,  with so much talk that his job is on the line, and he could be replaced at the end of the season..

Alan admitted the results have just not been good enough, and that what the squad and the coaching staff need to do is to turn it around before the end of the season, and Pardew will again be on the sidelines,  after serving his seven match ban for head-butting David Meyler on March 1st.

Shola Ameobi’s comments in mid-week, that the squad was simply not strong enough was brought up, and Alan addressed that, as well as saying the squad would be strengthened in the summer.

This is some of what Alan Pardew said:

“Shola’s comments were something that we carry across the whole club,” “He’s an experienced player at this football club.”

“He has good knowledge of the game and a good knowledge of this football club.” “He knows there’s an improvement we need to make here.”

“Since we lost Yohan  in this window, we need to go back to that level at least.”  “A stronger squad is the way forward.”

“That’s something I don’t think me, the board and Mike have any issues on.” “We’re all pretty solid on it.”

On the positive side, it does look like Newcastle are already in negotiations for a number of good players, and we just hope a number of them are brought in early in the window, so they are available for all of pre-season.

Stoke City were beaten 1-0 at home today by Tottenham, so they are still just 2 points behind Newcastle and they have two games to play, so if we can get a win before the end of the season, we would have a decent chance of staying above them in the league, and maybe finishing in the top ten.

If we can get anything at all at the Emirates on Monday night it will be a (very) good result, that’s for sure.

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Apr 26, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #1

    Any results at The Emirates and / or Anfield will be akin to the Second Coming – its Odds On two away defeats.

    The ONLY chance Pardew has to turn this around is to win the only remaining home game – given the form of the last 10 games, I certainly wouldn’t put money on us!!

  • scout

    Apr 26, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #2

    Cardiff will give them mackems a game tomorrow

  • jeff

    Apr 26, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #3


  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 26, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #4

    Sure we are 😉

    …we just couldn’t get them over the line!

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 26, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #5

    “Since we lost Yohan in this window, we need to go back to that level at least.” “A stronger squad is the way forward.”

    “That’s something I don’t think me, the board and Mike have any issues on.” “We’re all pretty solid on it.”

    Well that’s quite categorical then Alan. Must make a mental note, just to cross reference against any future shenanigans. Perish the thought, I know.

  • yo-yo

    Apr 26, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #6


    If the mackems beat Cardiff and the only way to ensure the Scum got relegated was for Cardiff to beat us – what would you want ?

  • croftus5678

    Apr 26, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #7

    news that colback from sunderland is all but signed !!! free transfer but is he any good ? only seen him once against us !

  • Graeme

    Apr 26, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #8

    Yo-Yo thats an evil question to ask lol. If losing to Cardiff meant that Pardew was replaced, there’s your answer – what happens to scum is not our problem!!!

    But it would put the icing on the cake lol

  • stuart no9

    Apr 26, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #9

    “Since we– SOLD Yohan in this window, we need to go back to that level at least.” “A stronger squad is the way forward.’ —– careful with your words pards.!!!! can anyone understand why the Man u players have become disilussioned with moyes after just 1 season , but pards has been here 3 YEARS,,,,,no one dissilusioned yet ?? apart from the fans of course . even our own players have no ambition now , thats been knocked out of them by our club owners and management . unbelievable .

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Apr 26, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #10


    Hes decent for a free transfer but if we are signing him I dont see what the point in getting rid of the likes of Perch, Jonas, Guthrie , Routledge or Gosling was cause he is not an upgrade on any of them ?

    Also the likes of Bigi and Abeid need to be getting some game time would rather they play than Colback!!!

  • scout

    Apr 26, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #11

    Ill be cheering cardiff on tomorrow, I reckon theyll do it as well them mackems get on the players backs at home

  • jimiley

    Apr 26, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #12

    When Pards needs a win he gets one. I think we will beat Cardiff and keep Pards for another season or 6!!!.

  • fray bentos

    Apr 26, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #13

    Saw this and it reminded me of you lot

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 26, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #14

    Better not be fcukin true! Although we know he went home last week before Swansea game, where has the banish bit come from? Plus I believe he was back at benton yesterday and declared himself fit

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 26, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #15

    Funny too as the club website said 3 french internationals are most likely to start, debs,remy and socks no mention of wor benny! Fcukers

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 26, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #16

    Everyone is fcukers lol

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 26, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #17

    No real surprise is it?

    It’s all just rumours but for every rumour you hear about Pardew losing the dressing room you’ll here another about more players/members of staff falling out with HBA
    Personally think we’re best off with out both of them, both have undeserved over inflated ego’s and are both only legends in there own minds
    The reality seems to be they both have a negative and a poison affect on the club

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 26, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #18

    Transfer Sage
    @BBCMOTD: The @BBCMOTD vote result: 72% said #YES – Ryan Giggs should get the Manchester United job full-time #MOTD #MUFC


  • jimmysmith

    Apr 26, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #19

    You don’t see a lot of anti Pardew stuff in the press, all things considered. I think that’s telling. You get much more anti Ashley stuff from the papers. Even The Sun didn’t directly slag Pardew for the form in that fantastic headline. Pardew’s been trying to get Benny to fall in line for years and it’s come to this sadly predictable end if true and you regularly hear rumours about problems with the player and attitude and fall outs with team mates and managers. So if true, fine. Well past time the curtain fell on Benny certainly. Wrong club, wrong manager, poor attitude, who cares, hasn’t worked, cut your losses, and move on.

  • spitfire_

    Apr 27, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #20

    Pardew – The Squad Will Be Strengthened In The Summer

    Hopefully the strengthen will start from the manager.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Apr 27, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #21

    I think the whole Arfa situation came to a proper head when Cabaye got sold for me we should have kept playing the same formation etc with Arfa in Cabaye’s position with Tiote and Anita playing behind him and gave him a proper run in the team

    Why this did not properly happen instead we tried so many stupid formations etc that have not worked I could see Arfa spitting the dummy out and I cant blame him !

    Someone has to go this summer either Pardew or Arfa or both!!

  • lesh

    Apr 27, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #22

    How many times have we heard Pardew expressing what have transpired to be aspirations?

    We heard it last summer and this January – what did we get?
    Nothing that could fill fans with optimism.

    Of course the squad’ll be strenghthed, it’s inevitable that we’ll lose a number of players and they’ll probably include some we’d rather not and the numbers’ll be made up.

    But, when he talks a out strengthening just what does he mean? That’s got to be a question to be asked – quality or quantity or both?

  • kevymartins

    Apr 27, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #23

    @yo-yo just like to point out why on earth would you wan’t our rivals relegated?.If they do I can’t see them getting promoted anythime soon so we will be playing away at seasons with no derby day or rivals? You wanna just cross your fingers for a fa cup draw? Come on man

    You let the scum sit at the bottom of the league every season just above the zone so we get them 2 huge games and bragging rights.

  • lesh

    Apr 27, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #24

    Ok I know it’s past midnight but there must be someone out there?

  • lesh

    Apr 27, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #25

    kevymartins…. Ah thowt the world’d ended!

  • TurkishFan101

    Apr 27, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #26

    Good night lads,

    Just wanted to point out to fans that think we have any chance of bringing BA back. We won’t.

    1)BA criticised Pardews tactics publically and hated the way nufc played.

    2)Was always played out of position when cisse arrived.

    3)Said that he will defenately move onto a another club that had champions league status.

    Now, are we currently a champions league club? No. Do we have the potential to? Yes.

    Stupid media and journalists. Its said they make around £30+ for each story they crack.

    Now toon fans, if you expected BA to return after these facts above then you are in another world.

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 27, 2014 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #27

    I think Ba may end up in Turkey or Russia – certainly no way will he will want to come back to SJP.

  • thai-mag

    Apr 27, 2014 at 3:04 AM

    Comment #28

    “Shola’s comments were something we carry across the whole club” this man is a total illiterate wally, please just leave our club so we don’t have to read this crap every you open your mouth

  • NOVA2967

    Apr 27, 2014 at 4:00 AM

    Comment #29

    Its funny because to strengthen are team would mean two at least replace Cabeye which i don’t think ca be done. Still can’t believe the big four let him leave the EPL. Also replacing Remy is going to be tough… Okay noe we are back to normal and to strengthen… we have needed some wingers and defenders so that seem like a lot of money thats need to be spent. Unfortunately I don’t think we can strengthen unless he means strengthen the team we have been putting out this last half of the season which has been the worst in the EPL.

    -I mean Delph would be a good shout for a replacement for Cabeye… not as good… but solid, probably 15 mill
    -Duricic would be great… 10 mill or cabella or both lol
    -Striker will be tough, Lukaku doubtful/ 20 mill or Muriel/ 15 mill
    -CB Lashclles or Caulker 10 mill

    I mean we are going to have to spend 50 mill unless are scouting is stupid good like the one year we got Cabeye, Ba, Arfa

    Snodgrass, could be a good shout on the wing but we can’t just buy random anymore. We don’t have a proper CM duo, Delph would add a good game to Tiote. Are wingers need actual wingers and then a CB and as many strikers as possible are needed. Just hope we can get players who fit in.

  • headtheball

    Apr 27, 2014 at 4:59 AM

    Comment #30

    I know it is unfair to generalise about Snake Oil salesmen but I have had it with this miserable excuse. Too many lies, too often. Be gone and don’t come back. HWTL.

  • Brutooon

    Apr 27, 2014 at 6:02 AM

    Comment #31

    1) get rid of AP = same as making 20 signings

    2) get rid of the laziest striker in the history of the world (Shola Ameobi) = same as making 30000 signings

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 27, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #32

    Morning lads!

    What I think Parsnip is doing I’d damage control af spinning! Benny is the fallguy – of course Benny is not blameless – but we don’t know to the extend what the problem is here.

    Benny or no Benny it still seems quite a few players are unhappy. Could a lose in the last three games then backfire on Parsnip and his Dino coaching staff after sending Benny away?

    We will just see (and hope 😉 )

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 27, 2014 at 7:13 AM

    Comment #33

    *I’d = is


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