This Is The Case Against Alan Pardew


We don’t know whether owner Mike Ashley will call time on Alan Pardew as Newcastle manager at the end of the season, but we have thought a little bit about  some of the things Ashley can point out to the manager, as to why he fired him.

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Alan Pardew and Mike Ashley

Here’s the list:

  • Last season we struggled mightily and at one stage lost 10 games of 13 league games, the final defeat being at home to Reading 2-1. We finished 5th bottom and this was always going to be a season that Alan Pardew would need to prove himself.
  • Newcastle have lost three games in a row to Sunderland for the first time since 1923, and if the Newcastle manager and Sunderland manager Gus Poyet  remain for next season, do we have much hope we can beat Sunderland – assuming they are not relegated?
  • Alan Pardew became the first Newcastle manager ever to lose six Premier League games in a  row  and the worst we had done was to lose four PL games in a row before this season.
  • Newcastle have lost 14 of the last 19 games in all competitions, and in thirteen of them we have failed to score.
  • Newcastle have only 46 points and the best we can achieve is probably 49 points, and that’s only 8 points better than  last season – and there’s a reasonable possibility we will end up with only 46 points.
  • We have been knocked out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle in three of four attempts under Alan Pardew since 2011 – twice to Championship side Brighton and once to Stevenage.
  • Alan Pardew hasn’t been exactly controlled on the touchline in his Newcastle career and became the first Newcastle manager to get himself banned for seven matches – the first four of which were stadium bans. We lost six of those seven games and scored just two goals – and the news of his head-butt on Hull City’s David Meyler gave Newcastle United some very negative headlines around the world.
    And even in our local paper here in Raleigh there was a picture of Alan Pardew and the story that he had had-butted an opposing player – as my wife Madeline pointed out to me.

In Alan’s favor is that the owner also shares significant responsibility for Newcastle’s plight this year.

Newcastle in their wisdom, didn’t make one permanent signing in the last two transfer windows, with  Joe Kinnear as the Director of Football – but the fans knew Joe would be hopeless in the job,  as soon as he announced he had it, so how come he was appointed in the first place?

And of course Mike Ashley decided to sell Yohan Cabaye in January, and that’s the second time he’s weakened the side to get big money over the last three years or so – having sold Andy Carroll in January of 2011 – and remember at the time Andy was  the Newcastle and England talisman.

In January we not only lost a valuable goalscorer and creative player in Cabaye, but it created the mind-set in the squad that Newcastle don’t really care too much about the team, and certainly cannot be accused of being an ambitious club.

That’s not going to have a positive effect at any club, and the question that keeps coming up for us these days,  is what makes Mike Ashley think he should be owning a football club?

Those are some of the things Alan can use in his defense, and if we do finish in the top ten he can say he met the target for the season.

But this has turned out to be an utterly  disastrous year for Newcastle United.

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19 comments so far

  • theartfuldodger

    Apr 29, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Alan,

    There is NOTHING you can do to repair your relationship with the fans.

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  • BandB

    Apr 29, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #2

    TDS,

    Pardew was making all the same noises about being under pressure this time last year.
    In the end he did nothing to arrest the decline, and our survival was down to other results.
    Ashley, meanwhile, was letting it be known that he was at his wit’s end. I know, because I know one of the people who was doing the briefing.
    What happened?
    The season tickets were renewed and we got Joe Kinnear.
    That’s what happened.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 29, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #3

    Artful,
    Resign? And put all the money back into the club that he has been paid solely for use with transfers?

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  • stuart no9

    Apr 29, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #4

    stuart no9 // Apr 29, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Pardew should never ever be allowed to even start thinking of next season,never mind thinking about who he has got lined up to buy.

    What we witnessed last night was the result of 3 and a half years work. That mess he put out last night did not even resemble a football team , nevermind a NU football team.
    The defence ( that he coaches personally) has never been a defence, that team would have struggled to get anyrhing in any english league.
    Pardew said ‘ arsenal were great tonight’ no they wernt , if they had turned it on like they can, they would have scored 7. who the f”’k does pardew think he is talking to , to expect us to believe that?? arragant b””’rd.
    3 f””king years to produce that. i or anyone on this blog could have rustled up that shower of shyte up in half an hour, the only difference would have been , my team would have put 100% effort into it. He now has the worst record of any newcatle manager, we are playing without doubt the worst football i have ever seen at newcastle or anywhere else in the prem – bearing in mind , a good guy got sacked so this speciman could , wait for it , TAKE US TO THE NEXT LEVEL.HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, what a joke. The point has come where i cant stand to see his smirking f;;;king face or hear the dross filled sentances that come come out of that sewage plant of a gob — F”’K OFF

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    stuart no9 // Apr 29, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Pardew should never ever be allowed to even start thinking of next season,never mind thinking about who he has got lined up to buy.

    What we witnessed last night was the result of 3 and a half years work. That mess he put out last night did not even resemble a football team , nevermind a NU football team.
    The defence ( that he coaches personally) has never been a defence, that team would have struggled to get anyrhing in any english league.
    Pardew said ‘ arsenal were great tonight’ no they wernt , if they had turned it on like they can, they would have scored 7. who the f”’k does pardew think he is talking to , to expect us to believe that?? arragant b””’rd.
    3 f””king years to produce that. i or anyone on this blog could have rustled up that shower of shyte up in half an hour, the only difference would have been , my team would have put 100% effort into it. He now has the worst record of any newcatle manager, we are playing without doubt the worst football i have ever seen at newcastle or anywhere else in the prem – bearing in mind , a good guy got sacked so this speciman could , wait for it , TAKE US TO THE NEXT LEVEL.HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, what a joke. The point has come where i cant stand to see his smirking f;;;king face or hear the dross filled sentances that come come out of that sewage plant of a gob — F”’K OFF

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  • stuart no9

    Apr 29, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #5

    DONT KNOW WHAT HAPPENED THERE .HAHAHAHAHA

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  • bobby mango

    Apr 29, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #6

    Don’t forget the endless list of Defeats by margins of at least 3 goals
    Nor going 2 years without scoring from a corner

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Apr 29, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #7

    BandB

    And Pardew’s position was reviewed at the end of the season, I got the impression that he hung on to his job by the skin of his teeth, we set the top 10 MINIMUM target and we got off to a pretty good start.

    I don’t pay much attention to a lot of the hearsay and Chinese whispers that go on around the club. They are often spread by people with agendas who believe they act in the best interest of NUFC but I believe are misguided.

    However, it’s inescapable that top 10 was a MINIMUM target and for me that’s that. There are no redeeming features of the season that can make up for a failure or just crawling over the line. No cup runs, no fantastic play, no great engagement with the fans.

    He had his second chance, he was told the parameters and even if we scrape 9th or 10th, I don’t see how he can come back from here.

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  • the truth will out

    Apr 29, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #8

    mass exodus required
    no more crap to be devoured give your heads a damn good shake

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Apr 29, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #9

    Now, Anal Pardull spoke pre-match that the players had missed missed him not being on the touchline.

    Lies. We were pathetic with him there, but we’ve known that for years.

    People can forget a bit about what he actually hyped (<– that word again) up before hand about having worked on back to basics and having a good week of training and all those players he's been missing are back and that he's back as well.

    All nonsense. More distraction to take pressure of him and give him false hope and to keep getting his pay packet.

    Arsenal were on form??? They were quite literally coasting along in first or second gear all game. God help us if they felt like being in the mood and scoring some goals. It was like a training match or pre-season match whilst we played scared football with a selection of internationaly honoured players.

    Disgusting.

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  • Graeme

    Apr 29, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #10

    Pardew is admittedly a problem, however the biggest problem is the Owner.

    MA has gone out of his way to maximise Club Income, to the detriment of the playing squad, at every oportunity (Carroll & Cabaye sold) without replacement.
    We have seen minimal investment in the squad, unless through fear of relegation. We have failed to sign any permanent playing staff in 2 consecutive Transfer Windows.
    Yes, Pardew has his limitations, nobody is denying it and I am certainly not a supporter of him. However, the buck stops at the owners door – he either needs to shape up – or ship out.

    Back the Manager by supplying the strength in depth the squad needs to succeed. We are far too reliant on individual players, there is little evidence of a cohesive plan, a method of playing that is followed throughout the club.

    If the club could establish an “Identity” an ethos on how they were going to play, that could be promoted throughout the club, from under 11’s to the Reserves. Players would all know what their role was, in any and every position and moving from Reserves to 1st team would be almost seemless.

    That should be the main objective of the Owner, the Manager, the Coaching Staff at every level of the club. It would make transitions a much less traumatic situation, people could integrate without problem. If a new Manager or Coach is then needed, the new Apointee would have to buy into our “Blueprint”!

    Its not rocket science, its not even something inovative, its simply common sense as applied by many, many clubs throughout Europe.

    Why, oh WHY can NUFC not see the wood for the trees??

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Apr 29, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #11

    Plus, we didn’t score again.

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  • TurkishFan101

    Apr 29, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #12

    Article in the previous thread, about that author.

    Michael Lintorn

    “Michael Lintorn’s football pyramid ascent has led him from non-league reporting to Betting.Betfair, while also working as deputy editor of weekly betting magazine Citibet. A home-and-away season-ticket holder of Fleet Street’s very own West Ham, he also has an unhealthy obsession with Serie A that has won Lazio, Alessandro Nesta, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ezequiel Lavezzi places in his heart.”

    His little clueless opinion means f@ck all.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Apr 29, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #13

    I don’t think there needs to be any debate and I don’t think there needs to be any doubt.

    Top 10 was the MINIMUM target. Failure to achieve that means he has to be sacked. Getting top 10 by the skin of his teeth means 2 poor seasons in a row and surely means he should be sacked.

    I don’t think 9th is a disaster, but our recent capitulation is pathetic and his inability to cope without Cabaye is also pathetic. Yes, it was a joke that he was sold without being replaced, but Pardew needed a plan B.

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  • JackButler

    Apr 29, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #14

    Think things have swung too far for Pardew to come back. The fans have lost all faith and belief in the man and his staff and it looks like the players feel the same. If Ashley gets this summer wrong we are back in the fizzy pop league.

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  • BandB

    Apr 29, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #15

    TDS,

    It was straight from the club’s diplomatic service, rather than hearsay. But, hey ho!
    Pardew can’t sack himself. Ashley has that responsibility, surely?
    A few weeks ago Pardew felt confident enough to let slip that Ashley had told him “don’t worry, they don’t get us” with regard to the sacking issue.
    The club’s PR comes straight out of the black propaganda rulebook.
    The sly suggestion that the fans expected us to win at Arsenal was another egregious example. After six straight defeats.
    There’s just no pleasing some people!

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  • Ian Toon

    Apr 29, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #16

    Lilongwe- I have just read one of your earlier posts on the players having some responsibility, as well as the manager in our demise. I totally agree. Against Arsenal only Krul, Debuchy and Tiote ( my MOM) looked as if they were bothered.

    Many factors combine to win a football match. Tactics are one part of it, but also individual player performance all play a part. No formation could negate some of the poor individual performances that have contributed far more to our defeats in recent weeks. Name me one tactic that will stop our CB’s not keeping a line and making por clearances straight to the opposition or another which allows our players to actually make a pass to a player five yards away?

    I found it an embarrassing spectacle not least because many of our regular mature fans seem not to be attending away games only to be replaced by oiks he’ll bent on causing trouble with any toon fan who doesn’t share their call for revolution. I favour persuasion rather than bully boy tactics as often evidenced on here. Unfortunately not many of our fans can make a persuasive case for change which carries support of the majority. Despite the losing run we’ve been on. Just as winning elections is “it’s the economy stupid” so ” winning football matches” keeps you in a job.

    Undoubtedly Pardew has under performed and I felt he brought the club into disrepute over the head butting incident – that was the time to get rid ( under contractual terms) if Ashley had the inclination. At least I didn’t have to travel back to the North East many fans watching our pathetic show had to make the journey and work today.

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  • guvnor

    Apr 29, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #17

    Krul has to be the worst first choice keeper in the premier league, the two centre halves and vurnon anita are the worst outfield players in the premier league and shola is the worst striker in history.

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  • guvnor

    Apr 29, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #18

    Mr T, sissoko and Debuchy are too good for Pardews retarded football.

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  • DoctorZelig

    Apr 29, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #19

    Michael Laudrup is without a job and he did pretty well with Swansea winning a trophy in his first season.

    He would introduce some good football and be attractive to play for to a lot of players.

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