Pardew Being Realistic – Yes – There’s Speculation About My Job


The Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is being realistic about all the news in the press this week, about his  job being under pressure, and the favorite to replace him as the Newcastle manager is the recently sacked Manchester United manager David Moyes, who was always thought to be almost the perfect manager for a Mike Ashley owned Newcastle – since he had always got the very best out of his Everton team over eleven years – before making the move to Manchester last summer.

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Alan Pardew – on the touchline again at the Emirates

Of course David Moyes has been torn apart in the press this week too, but you cannot accuse many of the Red Devils’ players of getting behind their new manager – to be fair to David – and they must share the blame for a terrible season at Manchester United – it will be their worst ever finish in the Premier League.

Of course Newcastle have also lost their last five games,  and two of the last three games are at the Emirates and at Liverpool, where we very rarely take anything out of those games.

The last time we won at the Emirates was in early November of 2010 by a score of 1-0 – an Andy Carroll header just before half time – and that was a short five games before Chris Hughton was given the sack by Mike Ashley. 🙁

This is what Alan Pardew said today about all the speculation in the press this week:

“When you lose five games in the Premier League, if you can’t accept that there’s going to be some speculation about your job, then you are not being realistic.” 

“I have to be realistic, but what I won’t do is focus away from what I do.”  “I have worked really hard this week with the team and really focused on the team to make sure we put a performance in at Arsenal that we can be proud of.”

“The situation, the longer-term here, looks good, but in the short-term, we need to put it right.” “I think I will sit down a little bit more, but I still will be on the touchline.”

“It’s important that the team sees I’m there – we are a team and I am part of that.” “I have thought about my situation going forward,  and I think I will be better for it.”

The best Alan Pardew can hope for is something like a shock win at Arsenal or at Liverpool (or both?), and then we have to hammer Cardiff City in our last home game of the season.

That’s especially true after they beat us 2-1 at home in the FA Cup third round in January, in what was another shameful result at St. James’ Park.

There’s still time to get some Geordie pride back on Tyneside before the end of the season – but it’s not looking particularly good.

Comments welcome.



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153 comments so far

  • 70TWO

    Apr 26, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #1

    Taking an extra day of does not really constitute working any harder than normal.

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  • 70TWO

    Apr 26, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #2

    of = off

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  • spitfire_

    Apr 26, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #3

    “The situation, the longer-term here, looks good”

    Say whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?

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  • davetoon

    Apr 26, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #4

    the only thing that gives me hope is that Mashley knows that Moyes has done so well with no money at Everton.

    Will he be able to sack his mate though and spend the money to pay him out

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  • anthc

    Apr 26, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #5

    Speculation? More astonishing that your still in a job. Losing five games we’ve lost more than that this year alan you buffoon. Not to mention our shit performances and failure to score goals. He never ceases to shock me with his proverbial diarrhoea. Cricket scores arsenal and liverpool with a boring draw with cardiff. Wouldn’t even pay for his taxi out of here so hurry up and bog off!

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  • Lee Dodd

    Apr 26, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #6

    Alan Its Time to Go The Fans don’t want you the only one that wants you here is you… Move on Maybe to Norwich Thank You for the Last 3 years …

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  • mag

    Apr 26, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #7

    Pardew talks and acts as if he wants the sack, he sounds like he’d rather be somewhere else.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 26, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #8

    Mag

    Maybe Pardew thinks he is on a hiding to nothing. He has seen how little has been spent this season and knows we really need 4/5 players at least for next year and theres a good chance we wont get them. He gets paid a low wage for a prem manager too.

    He might happily go into the close season thinking “please sack me”, take his payout and move onto another side.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 26, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #9

    Agreed I want Pardew out 100% but why bring in another dour, defensive, negative ”containing” manager like Moyes.

    Giggs said he would bring back fun and flair to replace the ”sterile” football served up by Moyes.

    Not many Everton fans would want Moyes back over Martinez who has brought in Delafeo, Lukaku, McCarthy, Barry etc and promoted Stones and Barkley from the youth.

    We need a euro manager with 21st century tactics.

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  • Graeme

    Apr 26, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #10

    I think Pardews comments confirm that he doesnt use the internet, read newspapers, watch tv or listen to radio.

    He is living in a vacuum, in denial!!!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 26, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #11

    Graeme

    Fair point. It annoys me when these people who are failing in their jobs say ” I never read the papers” If they did they might just cop on to themselves!! As you say though the guy’s totally in denial.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 26, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #12

    Rotonda

    It’s a sign of weakness I think not admitting you have a problem/are struggling.

    If you regularly review yourself and pick out weak areas or areas where not as skilled you can improve/seek help for a task. If you bury your head in the sand then you don’t get better.

    Pardew should look at why he is struggling with team shape, both offensively and defensively, then see what he needs. Could he learn from some UEFA course over the summer picking up new coaching techniques, could he just watch some other teams/scout training sessions or does he need to hire a new coach to help him learn and progress the team.

    I have always found 99% of people will be willing to give you a bit more time if you actively seek the help, and that’s in all aspects of life, not just work.

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  • toon22

    Apr 26, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #13

    Imho Moyes will be selective on his next job,his reputation has taken a knock.
    Why would he choose to risk it at our club?
    We are atm a basket case,our owner isnt interested and will sell at the drop of a hat.

    He wont join us as we wont pay the wages and we arnt worth the risk.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 26, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #14

    toon22

    I don’t want moyes myself but agree he wouldn’t come here, think he will move abroad next, that’s a few rumours/paper talk.

    I can accept we are unlikely to win anything so I would like a bright, attacking manager as we might as well be entertained and not winning that just scrapping some dour win.

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  • toon22

    Apr 26, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #15

    That and the fact the crowd are sick of his style of football and he hasnt taken the job yet.
    I think we can all agree we need a bit more of an attacking team.

    Pulis is more likely a target.

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  • toonbrother

    Apr 26, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #16

    i question the intellect of any player that willingly agrees to join newcastle with pardumb as manager. Quite frankly i wouldnt want such stupid players on our team

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  • gazzaforever

    Apr 26, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #17

    This blog is like the club, slowly dying. Btw , Ben Arfa is about to sign for Roma. Rene Girard is the opposite of Pardew, which means he likes talent, creativity, and he knows what he s doing.

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  • mag

    Apr 26, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #18

    Shelvey scored a smashing goal against villa.

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  • mag

    Apr 26, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #19

    The summer will be a good indication of ashleys intention, if he still has any faith in Pardew or not.

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  • stuart no9

    Apr 26, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #20

    ‘ its important the players see that i am there’ hahahahahaha why ? your shyte, what difference are you going to be from the rest of the season ? i can see 8 defeats out of 8 coming up , surely that has to be sacking time for pardew – cant wait.

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  • davetoon

    Apr 26, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #21

    well we cant on the one hand accept that Ashleys not gonna spend money on the club and then on the other hand say that you dont want a manager that has made a team that mostly finished top 6 within those exact constraints.

    Otherwise we could be like Wigan under Martinez

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  • davetoon

    Apr 26, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #22

    Magath may yet keep Fulham in the premier league

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  • stuart no9

    Apr 26, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #23

    or the reason why he thinks everyone is still on his side could be the fact that, even now, 52000beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeps still turn up and pay to watch HIS team,, its times like this when i wish i was dynamo !!

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  • Graeme

    Apr 26, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #24

    Stuart No9 – not even Dynamo, as good as he is, could shake 52000 fans out of their seats. They would sooner watch 11 black & white dustbins on the pitch, rather than try and change things.

    Having said that, 11 Black & White dustbins wouldn’t be that much worse than what we have today!!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 26, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #25

    Don’t worry mates. Once we get Colback all our troubles will be over. We may not get any other players in this summer with the amazing Colback coming. We may not even need Shefki Kuqi.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 26, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #26

    Colback in behind Shola is the attacking plan for next season. It’s going to be brilliant. We will score one next season. That’s definite! You heard it hear first.

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  • davetoon

    Apr 26, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #27

    feel sorry for Fulham fans. 2-0 up at home and out of the bottom 3 only to draw 2-2

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 26, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #28

    Bony is really coming on for Swansea but we’re going to have Shola back! I’m not worried as Shola is going to be just as good as he’s been this season. Alan has told me that Shola has several good seasons left in him. Huzzah!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 26, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #29

    What speculation?
    The only speculation is coming from fans and seemingly Pardew himself, most the pundits seem to think we should be happy with him
    Mike Ashley is a happy bunny, save from any relegation threat any where between 8th and 12th is mid table and he’ll be more than happy with that, especially if we get 11th, no pesky bonuses to pay out, a brief leaked story that Pards has been torn off a strip and his on yet again his last chance and we’ll go through it all again next season

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 26, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #30

    GT
    I’ve noticed that Emnes lad from Swansea is very very handy at winning last minute penalties!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 26, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #31

    I still think we should get Shefki Kuqi back as well as bringing Colback in during the summer to make absolutely sure that we get a top 6 place next season. It pays to make that extra effort Mike. Huzzah!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 26, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #32

    Aye I’ve noticed that as well tadsy mate. But we won’t need any last minute penalties. We’ll breeze through next season if we keep this tremendous squad we’ve developed intact and keep the brilliant tactician Pardew to guide us to glory!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 26, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #33

    Is anyone else feeling quite deluded today as I am? I had a dream last night that we won the FA cup. Then I realized it was 1952 in my dream and wor Jackie was racing about the pitch.

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  • yo-yo

    Apr 26, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #34

    rotonda

    Would you accept a 4-2-3-1 maanger like Di Matteo or the Spanish Waiter then – that is very much played as a containing counter attacking formation and pretty dour much of the time. Both got good win % better than AP ?

    Seems to me you only want an attacking manager who plays a particular style rather than anybody who just has a better record than Pardew.

    I think a touch of reality might be necessary given the track record of our beloved owner

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Apr 26, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #35

    rotonda
    you say martinez has brought in players how many would he get under fatty and he would have no choice in the matter even if he did get more than 6 in 2 years

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  • guvnor

    Apr 26, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #36

    Any progressive management, would be better than the regressive Pardew.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 26, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #37

    As it stands I would accept a small box of Bovril as manager right now yo-yo mate. The Bovril would probably make better substitutions than wor Alan.

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  • guvnor

    Apr 26, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #38

    Any similarities between Pardew and a premier league manager is purely coincidental.

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  • yo-yo

    Apr 26, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #39

    aye G2 but do you love or hate marmite ?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 26, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #40

    Shefki Kuqi! Shefki Kuqi! We can afford him, he’s available. Let’s do the business Mike!

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