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

2:02 pm, Saturday, April 26th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 153 Comments

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.

alan pardew clos-up

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.



Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Premier League · Press Conference




153 responses so far ↓

  • 1 70TWO // Apr 26, 2014 at 2:07 PM

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

  • 2 70TWO // Apr 26, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    of = off

  • 3 spitfire_ // Apr 26, 2014 at 2:21 PM

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

    Say whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?

  • 4 davetoon // Apr 26, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    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

  • 5 anthc // Apr 26, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    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!

  • 6 Lee Dodd // Apr 26, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    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 …

  • 7 mag // Apr 26, 2014 at 2:40 PM

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

  • 8 Transfer Sage // Apr 26, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    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.

  • 9 Rotonda heights // Apr 26, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    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.

  • 10 Graeme // Apr 26, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    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!!!

  • 11 Rotonda heights // Apr 26, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    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.

  • 12 Transfer Sage // Apr 26, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    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.

  • 13 toon22 // Apr 26, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    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.

  • 14 Transfer Sage // Apr 26, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    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.

  • 15 toon22 // Apr 26, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    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.

  • 16 toonbrother // Apr 26, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    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

  • 17 gazzaforever // Apr 26, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    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.

  • 18 mag // Apr 26, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Shelvey scored a smashing goal against villa.

  • 19 mag // Apr 26, 2014 at 3:54 PM

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

  • 20 stuart no9 // Apr 26, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    ‘ 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.

  • 21 davetoon // Apr 26, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    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

  • 22 davetoon // Apr 26, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Magath may yet keep Fulham in the premier league

  • 23 stuart no9 // Apr 26, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    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 !!

  • 24 Graeme // Apr 26, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    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!!

  • 25 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    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.

  • 26 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    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.

  • 27 davetoon // Apr 26, 2014 at 4:52 PM

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

  • 28 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    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!

  • 29 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 26, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    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

  • 30 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 26, 2014 at 4:58 PM

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

  • 31 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    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!

  • 32 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    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!

  • 33 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    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.

  • 34 yo-yo // Apr 26, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    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

  • 35 wolfshead@toon // Apr 26, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    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

  • 36 guvnor // Apr 26, 2014 at 5:13 PM

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

  • 37 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    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.

  • 38 guvnor // Apr 26, 2014 at 5:17 PM

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

  • 39 yo-yo // Apr 26, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    aye G2 but do you love or hate marmite ?

  • 40 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 5:20 PM

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

  • 41 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    I hate marmite but I love Shefki Kuqi yo-yo mate. He’s the right player at the right time for Mike. Together with Shola and Colback we will be unbeatable next season. In fact we should arrange a friendly in the summer against Bayern Munich and destroy them just for a bit of fun.

  • 42 guvnor // Apr 26, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Lovenkrands is an option.

  • 43 guvnor // Apr 26, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Let’s see if giggs can tarnish his image against Norwich!

  • 44 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Lovehandles! Yes Lovehandles! We can get him back as well! This is brilliant guvnor. Get rid of that piker Remy and bring in some real talent. Kuqi, Lovehandles and Shola as wor big three! I’ve died and gone to heaven.

  • 45 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Shefki Kuqi! Hoochi Kuqi! The future is bright mates!

  • 46 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    It’s Lovehandles to Kuqi. Oh a brilliant move there and Kuqi moves the ball back to Lovehandles. He races down the sideline drawing the fullback to him and putting a perfect cross into the box. Shola heads in beautifully to complete the rout. It ends Newcastle United 10, Bayern Munich 0!

  • 47 JamesToon // Apr 26, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    yo-yo, martinez, pochettino and Laudrup all play 4-2-3-1 and play attractive attacking football.

  • 48 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Just think of the savings to be had with such clever player acquisitions Mike! Get the wage bill down to about 20 quid a week. Put the tea lady on notice. Fine Pardew for having such an ugly mug. I think we also have an excessively large coaching staff. Sack the lot. Yes I can see a bright future awaits us beginning this summer! Huzzah!

  • 49 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    No mates. It’s going to have to be 4-3-3 with players like Lovehandles, Kuqi, and Shola in the side. Remember the best defense is offense mates. We’ll bewilder them with wor ball control. We probably won’t even need to field a keeper most of the time.

  • 50 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    We’re gonna do the Hoochi Kuqi!
    Boom, Boom!
    We’re gonna do the Hoochi Kuqi!
    Boom, Boom!
    A little chant for next season.

  • 51 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Is anybody else feeling as optimistic as I am for next season? Tremendous player acquisitions, re-signing Shola, bringing back Lovehandles. It’s all there lads. The plans of a football genius. Mike NoNuts.

  • 52 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    I would love it if Norwich won this.

  • 53 welshgeordie9 // Apr 26, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    I’ve just got back from the liberty stadium and all I can is wow

    Bony is a giant and what a goal from shelvey

  • 54 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 26, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    A shame about Stoke today :(

    …how are we all doing on this sunny Saturday? Alrighty then 😉

  • 55 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 26, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    I wonder if the thousands of Manure fans saying appoint Giggs full time before a ball has even been kicked because he’s Utd through and through and was in the class of 92 will be saying he’s not good enough and can’t motivate the players etc if he doesn’t get 3 points?

  • 56 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 26, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Old Trafford penalty on Giggsy’s managerial debut…… Always going to happen!

  • 57 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 26, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Who is manager at Norwich these days?

    …they really look toothless!

  • 58 70TWO // Apr 26, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Not a penalty, Welbecks foot struck in the ground and he feigned a tug.

  • 59 Transfer Sage // Apr 26, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Jesper

    It was the youth team coach, given the reigns for the final 4/5 games. Seems strange to appoint these people though, just change for the sake of change a lot of the time.

  • 60 Rotonda heights // Apr 26, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    That’s hilarious pardew saying the players need to see him in the dugout, when half of them won’t be here next season if he still is. he really is delusional.

    Can anyone conform what someone put on here a while back that Pardew gets a cut of outgoing transfers?

  • 61 Rotonda heights // Apr 26, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    confirm

  • 62 Rotonda heights // Apr 26, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Tads

    Anyone who comes in and says they want to bring back the fun and flair will be given a fair period of grace I imagine, especially given his status.

  • 63 Transfer Sage // Apr 26, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    I don’t mind what style of football we play at the club as long as it is a winning style, ideally pacey/exciting but consistent points mainly to get us trophies like mourinho.

    My order of what I like to see at newcastle.

    1. winning, attractive football
    2. winning football
    3. drawing attractive football
    4. drawing football
    5. losing attractive football
    6. loosing

    So I would take a scrappy 1-0 every single week if it got us the prem title…..obviously prefer it to be nice to watch but priority is to see us win.

    I m a newcastle fan before being a football fan.

  • 64 Rotonda heights // Apr 26, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    geordie 2

    I can’t think of one good reason to get a ST for next season if Pardew is still here.

  • 65 stan anderson // Apr 26, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Pardew out.
    But who in,thats the problem aint it.
    Probably go for D.Wise knowing the fatmans track record.

  • 66 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 26, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Rotonda
    Fair period of grace isn’t in a single Manc fans vocabulary, if Norwich get a point from this they’ll be screaming for a top top manager before the stadiums empty

  • 67 Transfer Sage // Apr 26, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    tads

    In reality I don’t think many of them want giggs full time, i think they would all prefer a manger like Klopp in who has shown he can do it, with giggs around to learn from him in an ideal world.

  • 68 Transfer Sage // Apr 26, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Did anyone read the BBC sport article this week on brendon rogers?

    Just saying how his career has progressed and what got him the liverpool job. He has a 180 page document he keeps updating covering all training methods, how to improve each type of player and to combat all styles of play and to develop youth players.

    Then going through how he works with players individually to improve them, pick out abilities he thinks can transfer better in different positions and working on them before combining them as a team.

    With all the resources available to a prem manager there is no reason they all shouldn’t be able to do this.

  • 69 Transfer Sage // Apr 26, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    here it is

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/27149695

  • 70 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 26, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Sage
    Going solely of sites that have comments mixed with txt commentary there is comment after comment all saying were Man Utd we have pride and tradition and there’s no one who knows the club and the philosophy better than Giggs give him the full time job

  • 71 Transfer Sage // Apr 26, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    tads

    Really, well fair enough then. I haven’t read there stuff, just going off my mates who are man utd fans. They all like the idea of giggs just don’t think the time is right, would prefer him to learn his trade and come back in 5 or so years.

  • 72 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 26, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Personally think if we did go for Moyes if fatty worked up the guts to sack Pardew it would be a massive upgrade and the short memories would soon go
    I don’t think he’s defensive as many make out, during his tenure at Everton they had a GD of over 250 with them scoring nearly 150 more goals than the toon

    As for people saying Martinez, the blokes one year into a long contract, Mike Ashley is owner, you actually think he’s going to pay out compensation?
    IF we got a new manager it would only be one in the dole queue, any manager out of contract will have bigger and better things lined up all ready

  • 73 Transfer Sage // Apr 26, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    tads

    Moyes is a damn site better than pardew, no question about it. Would snap him up.

    Would prefer a martinez type myself but at this point i’d have Homer Simpson running the show before the forked tongued buffoon.

  • 74 Transfer Sage // Apr 26, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    everton have only scored 2 more goals this year compared to last, granted they still have 4 games to go but this is probably their best team for a long while.

    Moyes might not have played silky stuff, but it was effective and i enjoyed watching them.

  • 75 andrew84 // Apr 26, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Didn’t realise giving the players extra time off constituted ‘working really hard with the team’.

    Also, in what way does the longer-term look good?

    More waffle from our hero Pardew.

  • 76 theartfuldodger // Apr 26, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    Norwich have some half decent players..fer,redmond,snodgrass,hooper..
    Shd be doing a little better..

  • 77 Transfer Sage // Apr 26, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    dodger

    true, but then when you look at the teams above them they also have a similar amount of decent players….very similar around the bottom half.

  • 78 Bambams // Apr 26, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    It will speak volumes if Ash does not grasp the nettle….Sack Pards at the end of the season.

    Moyes will be a front runner because no compensation to be paid. Plenty of decent managers out there, but would they come ?

  • 79 Bambams // Apr 26, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Ooh big talking point there.

    Vidic just did exactly what Pardew did with a butt……

    Wonder if the FA take action against a man u player. Ferguson not there now!

  • 80 daztoon // Apr 26, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Goes to show Rodger`s was right in ditching Carroll.

    He doesn`t suit his style of play and fair play to the guy, was a lot of cash lost on the sale.

    The two managers on merseyside have both made a huge impact on their clubs while Pardew has started to go backwards

  • 81 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 26, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    Think this shows just how powerful players can be…….3 days of training Giggsy no way you’ve transformed them this much

    If the players want you gone it’s game over

  • 82 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 26, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    daztoon
    Even fat sam had a bit of a back handed dig at Carroll the other day can’t remember exactly where I read it but he was saying it was hard to plan transfers not 100% knowing there PL status next season but said he’s on the look out for a CF, one that can score goals!!

  • 83 Transfer Sage // Apr 26, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    tads

    it’s a bit of both i think.

    Apparently rumours a few months ago players were unhappy there as moyes didn’t like anyone really running beyond the forwards as it lost there shape….this was a massive problem all tv pundits picked up on that nobody stretched play running in behind.

    so i guess it’s tactics, but not he’s gone rio, vidic and evra fit……not a coincidence.

  • 84 Graeme // Apr 26, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Daztoon ……”Pardew has started to go backwaards”….

    He hit reverse gear 3 months ago and has the pedal to the metal mate.

  • 85 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    I think with the right combination of incoming in the summer we are going to be an extremely poor side next season. But the wage bill will be low! That’s the beauty of it lads. We’ve got to bring in the Kuqi’s, the Lovehandles, the Colbacks. That’s the ticket Mike! We hate NoNuts! Mike has NoNuts!

  • 86 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    You’re spot on jesper mate. Norwich have been toothless all season. Not quite as bad as we are now but toothless just the same!

  • 87 Cantbuyye // Apr 26, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    I’d bid for a few of Norwich’s players, mainly Snodgrass. Cheap players who want to stay in the premier league.

  • 88 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 26, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    GT…you could bring in the likes of Messi and Ronaldo and it would be no use!

  • 89 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 26, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Sage
    Yeah I think it’s a combination of a few things

    Don’t think Ferguson was that “hands on” when it came to training and used to delegate all of responsibilities around and depended a lot on his senior pro’s

    Think Moyes was more hands on and wanted more control, prob upset a few Egos, tried to put his own stamp on it, it back fired but Moyes is an experienced manager and by all accounts a very intelligent bloke
    He’ll learn from this experience and I’m sure he continue to be up there as one of the top British managers

    Personally would like him here, I think were at a truly bizarre stage where we rebuilt a squad, got it playing well, then completely disassembled it, sold off nearly every attacking threat and replaced them with cheap defensive minded players
    Looking at the current squad I just don’t think the depth or personnel are there to play a fast attacking brand and can’t see heavy investment

    I think the squad is almost built to play, perhaps not containing but certainly a possession based game with no real pace through the team so I’d rather a manager who can execute that properly, which Moyes certainly can

    All that said sadly i just can’t see that Mike Ashley will get rid of Pardew, he’s severed all ties with the community and local Media, with SJP essentially being a library due to drab performances and MA breaking up all the singing sections i genuinely don’t think they really feel the tension among the fans :(

  • 90 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    I love that quote of Pards. “The longer term here looks good.” Oh, Alan my sides are aching with that one mate! How much longer? The next century possibly?

  • 91 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 26, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Didn’t realise Nicky Butt was on the Utd coaching staff

  • 92 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 26, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    GT…that one made me laugh too 😀 lol

  • 93 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Never mind Messi and Ronaldo jesper mate. We’ve got Kuqi and Lovehandles coming in! They’re Mike’s kind of players mate. They’re the hidden gems other teams are looking for. We don’t need no stinking Remy! We’re going to do the hoochi Kuqi mate! Huzzah!

  • 94 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    “In the short term we need to put it right.” Hahahahahaha! This is too much humour all at once Alan! I’m crying now. My sides are splitting. So we’re going to win our last 3 matches are we Alan?

  • 95 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Oh I’ve got to take a break now. Who said we didn’t have a comedian in the club? That’s right Alan, a little light humour for the lads to take their mind off their troubles.

  • 96 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Right then. We’re going to put it right in the short term and the long term looks brilliant! Has wor Alan checked the goal difference lately? How about checking on who the owner is as well Alan? Yes, that’s right it’s still NoNuts. So are you sure the long term looks bright?

  • 97 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 26, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    GT…in Parsnip’s mind he is doing everthing right, it is just that everyone else working against him – us, the media, the law of physics, geometry, Murphy’s law, NoNuts, JFK, the players, the ball, the opposition, the ref, his own head, Bredan Rodger’s 180 pages long book, accountability, sensibility, logic and so forth 😉

  • 98 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Spot on jesper mate. That is the whole problem. Alan is right and the rest of the world is wrong. A bit like being led by George Bush! After the season is over should the players invade Iraq and look for weapons of mass destruction?

  • 99 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Another famous Pardew quote: “When the going gets tough, I scratch my balls.”

  • 100 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    You lot just don’t understand the Pardew Method. Let me explain it in a few broad strokes:
    1. Weakness is strength.
    2. The best attack is always to defend.
    3. Never use players in their proper positions. They just get lazy.
    4. When in doubt butt somebody’s heed.

  • 101 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 26, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    …or “When the going gets tough, I headbutt the ref and get a touchline ban slash stadium ban!”

  • 102 Mister Tuff // Apr 26, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    It is quite apparent that Percy Parsnip will not accept any criticism -personally. If this is truly the case then I’m afraid I don’t think we can progress at all -if you accept errors/deficiencies you can address them. If you refuse to accept blame then the same problems will occur.
    Percy has always been cocky and arrogant -a ladies man. I now think that the press bans are down to him and not Ashley.

  • 103 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 26, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    …or another player!

  • 104 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 26, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Senor Tuff…and you just hit the nail on the head mate 😀

    …that is what I have tried to say for ages, but it has all about NoNuts this NoNuts that!

  • 105 welshgeordie9 // Apr 26, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Some might say that pardew follows Ashley
    Go and tell it to the man who cannot shine
    Some might say that we should never ponder
    Because they’ll have their own way all the time
    Some might say we will find a brighter day
    Because in the end we will make them go away

    Good old oasis

  • 106 theartfuldodger // Apr 26, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    TS..

    Arent those norwich players the ones we were after..or linked with atleast..
    Quite a few folks would have been a touch satisfied with VanWolfswinkel, hooper,fer,redmond coming here..we have become that desperate…

    Snodgrass is still good enough though…

  • 107 Average_Contents // Apr 26, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Pardspew likes the sound of his own voice a bit too much! This is taken from the club website oh and these promising 4-5 youngsters have got the second string relegated from the under-21’s league! But we’ll keep an eye on them eh parsnip and bring them into the first team as new signings lol and to think this is what he probably means by a squad overhaul Pmsl! Fcukin deluded, egotistical halfwit!

    In a week in which 17-year-old Adam Armstrong came off the bench to make his home debut, defender Lubo Satka grabbed his first goals for United’s under-21s and goalkeeper Freddie Woodman made his second-string bow, Pardew feels the good work being put in at the Club’s Academy is finally paying dividends.

    A number of promising youngsters, he says, have been earmarked as potential first-teamers of the future.

    “I certainly feel, in my third year, that we are stronger now than we’ve ever been since I’ve been here,” he said.

    “Certainly we have eyes on four or five of the youngsters here who could come through, and with good reason to as well.

    “They’ve shown real quality this year and now it’s about how they progress to the next level, and that’s an area that we really need to focus on next year.”

  • 108 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Faty Papy is still available from the Burundi national team. Let’s get him Mike! Wor Alan will turn him into a loser in no time!

  • 109 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Yes that’s right A_C mate! It’s been a brilliant season for our reserves. Relegated to the second tier. But great progress is being made. Refer to point 1 above.

  • 110 geordie157 // Apr 26, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    I think colback would be a good signing, solid player that’s still improving.

  • 111 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 26, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    “And then dance if you wanna dance
    Please NoNuts take a chance
    You know Parsnip’s not gonna go
    Which way we wanna go
    All we know is that we don’t know
    How it’s gonna be
    Please NoNuts let it be
    Life on the other hand
    Won’t make us understand
    We’re all part of Parsnip’s masterplan”

  • 112 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Faty Papy! Faty Papy! He’s the man for us. Who will remember Cabaye once we have Faty Papy?

  • 113 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 26, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    Say it loud and sing it proud today…

    Another Oasis classic

  • 114 welshgeordie9 // Apr 26, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    jesperfuglsang – captain of the lemon crew
    April 26, 2014

    Very good, pardew wouldnt have a masterplan if hit him in the face

    Very good oasis song

  • 115 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 26, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    welsh…I don’t even think Parsnip knows what a masterplan is 😉

  • 116 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Very good lads. That’s the spirit! Faty Papy!

  • 117 santonthenewmaldini // Apr 26, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Moyes would be a million times better manager than Pardew i honestly cant believe people are disputing that !If he had left Everton in the summer to come manage us we would have been partying in the street !!

    Everton were good to watch under him always played a varied mix of styles of direct , passing and counter attacking with a very limited budget (like Pardew does at the moment!)

    He went to Man Utd and it never worked out for him it probably was too big a job for him to overhaul Ferguson but people forget Man Utd have been woeful to watch for the last 3 or 4 seasons they were getting by with goals from world class strikers their overall play has been poor for years and Ferguson hung him out to dry

    At Everton he signed the likes of Baines, Coleman, Howard, Distin, Jagielka, Mirallas, Piennar for reasonable prices Fellaini was more expensive but was a total beast for them

    With him working with Carr I believe they would be able to pick up some gems that he could mould and Moyes could use his contacts that got him some gems from the lower British leagues to give us that blend that we really need and we probably would not have to break the bank transfer wise to get the players to take us forward

    I just cant see Ashley going for a foreign manager he likes British and Moyes is the best available plus I feel that he will have a point to prove

    We would still be pretty good to watch under Moyes miles better than what we get served just now! Might also score from a set piece for a change!!

  • 118 welshgeordie9 // Apr 26, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Well he better hurry up, because at the end of the season when he’s got to meet Ashley and try to explain how crap we’ve been this season he’d better think of a masterplan to save his backside

  • 119 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 26, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Santon
    Spot on mate

  • 120 welshgeordie9 // Apr 26, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    I had to laugh at the liberty today when swans fans were singing to the villa fans you’ve only got one song

  • 121 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    If we don’t want him as a player Faty Papy as manager then?

  • 122 anthc // Apr 26, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    If sunderland stay up cant see colback signing for us. At the end of the day they’ve won the same as us, fcuk all and lots of it but with a wembley trip thrown in. If they stay up which I think they will I can see us at the bottom with them fighting relegation.
    I would take moyes or even bruce over pardew anyday but would like us to look at a foreign coach to get the best from our players.

  • 123 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Player manager possibly?

  • 124 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Isn’t anybody else taking our current crisis seriously? Here I am working me fingers to the bone trying to suggest top new players for Mike to sign. Am I getting any help from you lot? No.
    Regretfully
    G2
    Sulky Blog Hobbit

  • 125 welshgeordie9 // Apr 26, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    GeordieTwo

    How about Antoine Sibierski

  • 126 welshgeordie9 // Apr 26, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Boumsong
    Bramble

  • 127 lesh // Apr 26, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    As Pardew sees himself as part of the team, maybe he’d like to submit a transfer request?

    😀

  • 128 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    No, I would have to say no to those three welshie. Far too expensive for Mike. No we have to set our sights lower than that. Think lower leagues. Much lower leagues.
    G2
    Slightly Encouraged Blog Hobbit.

  • 129 toon kk // Apr 26, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    G2
    Players back off loan and R. Taylor iff fit will be like a new signing. Grrrrtttt.

  • 130 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 26, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    GT…do you think Shola has any other brothers, cousins, 2nd cousins, uncles or nephews we could sign?

  • 131 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Another famous Pardew quote:
    “Well, you can’t make a silk purse out of Mike’s scrotum you know. What do you lot expect from me?”

  • 132 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 26, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    …or borrow or loan?

  • 133 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Well there’s Sammi jesper mate? Would he be considered a new signing? Now you lot are finally getting into it. More ideas are needed. More desperately cheap players. Come on lads. You can do it.

  • 134 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Is Wigan going to release any players in the off season? They play decent footy at times. Or is it down to having a decent manager? We can all think about that for a bit……Is that long enough?

  • 135 toon kk // Apr 26, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    G2
    Here Mash has signed Jimmy five bellys, great ball stopper just in case he can’t get someone over the line.

  • 136 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Did I mention that I’m Official Blog Hobbit on 2 fabulous blog footy sites? Count that high if you can and weep Tsunki mate. Eat your heart out.

  • 137 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Jimmy 5 bellies you say toon kk mate? Well that’s a start. Harrumph! But we may need more than that. I’ve already come up with 5 or 6 top players but nobody is listening. I just can’t believe it. I may have to phone Graham directly to get the word through.

  • 138 Graeme // Apr 26, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    G2 @ 130 – A true statement mate – but there is no harm in trying – except to the scrotum, but do we care??

  • 139 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    I can see a lot of you are taking time to seriously consider the questions I have put forward on here today. No, that’s fine. Take your time. We have a whole summer ahead to see me proved right. 😀

  • 140 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Good attitude Graeme mate. Pards should give it a try. And then start on his own.

  • 141 GeordieTwo // Apr 26, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Well I’ve got to drop the old ’97 Corolla off for servicing mates. Stay wild and wooly.

  • 142 Graeme // Apr 26, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    G2 – maybe they could have a friendly evening of scrotum crochet? They would have to use each others scrotum, but there could be some amazing results!!

  • 143 RUNAWAY777 // Apr 26, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    just like to say well done to gateshead for getting to the play offs,at last one team trying.

  • 144 Rotonda heights // Apr 26, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    average

    all for bringing through youngsters but southampton have a very good manager and coaches to develop them

  • 145 roblee7 // Apr 26, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    RUNAWAY – Too right, proud of the Heed Army!!! Would love them to be in League 2 next season and unless things drastically change with NUFC I can see a lot of converts to Gateshead. They had 3,000 there today, their highest attendance ever in the Conference, great to see and great for the region!!!

  • 146 Rotonda heights // Apr 26, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    wolf

    martinez has brought in a lot of very shrewd loan signings and as we know the loan market is attractive to Ash.

  • 147 Rotonda heights // Apr 26, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    yo yo

    Chelsea under benitez were smashing to watch

  • 148 santonthenewmaldini // Apr 26, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Actually think the squad that Chelsea have at the moment is more suited to Benitez than Mourinho!! Could have seen them winning the league by some distance if he had been in charge the way the league has gone Lukaku would have surely got game time !!He had them playing well by the time he left won the Europa league as well last year!

    Anyone really worried about this game on Monday? Its the first game in a while that we have been on Sky Sports live and we could be in for a routing all the English pundits who have been still backing Pardew without actually watching us because he is English will be in for a rude awakening or at the same time we could have Sissoko , Remy and Debs play out their skin and we fluke a result buying Pardew more time!!

  • 149 toon22 // Apr 26, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Im more worried about the Liverpool game.
    They will probs either have won or need to win to take the league.
    Either way it will be seen across the globe,and we will be the pathetic whipping boys.

    The slim thought of payback for that Collimore goal 4-3 back in Keegans days is slim to non.

  • 150 yo-yo // Apr 26, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    James T

    rotonda

    Okay so with a good passing mid 3 you can make it work – but the Spanish Waiter used zonal defnec and the Fools were far from entertaining, if very successful with him.

    The bigger question is how many ‘attack’ minded managers are there in the Prem just now whose style we could adopt with our existing players ? I’s say only four or five teams play regularly in that style, maybe another four or five sometimes.

    Would you risk a younger and more promising English style manager – say at Eddie Howe’s level of career development. (not necessarily him but there are maybe half a doz scattered through the League on the up)

  • 151 santonthenewmaldini // Apr 26, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    @toon 22

    I know they have been the best team to watch but I would love us to beat them so they did not win the title for payback !!

  • 152 yo-yo // Apr 26, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    toon22

    There is very little chance we can beat the Fools at present. But I think they may well have won it beforehand and make it an exhibition style game – which could be even worse for us as we’ll get a real runaround

  • 153 Billythefish // Apr 26, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Jurgen Klopp has ruled himself out of the running as newcastle next manager, but said his brother Klipity might be interested. Mike Ashley thinks its a good option.




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