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Pardew – A Difficult Transfer Window But We’ll Try To Improve

11:04 pm, Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 70 Comments

Alan Pardew has talked about strengthening the squad in the summer, and we certainly need to, and we need more than the four or five players he has so far talked about, but it will also not be easy for Newcastle to attract really top talent to the club, because we are no longer one of the big clubs in England. 🙁

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Alan Pardew – Newcastle manager

It’s been a really strange season – and for the first 18 games we did great and were 6th top and in touch of the top sides, but since we thrashed a 9 man Stoke side 5-1 on Boxing Day, Newcastle have basically collapsed with 13 defeats in the last 19 league games.

We dare say if those two sets of games had been reversed and we were doing well at the moment after a bad start – things would be a lot more positive – but it didn’t happen that way, and things are very dark on Tyneside these days.

This is what Alan Pardew has told the Chronicle:

“We need to strengthen the under-belly of this football club and we need to do that this summer, probably.” If we can do that, then we are going to be well-set for next year because we have got some very good players on our books now.”

“It is difficult. But we hope to recruit well.” “We have done that since I have been here really.”‘ “We lost a good player in the last window.” “We need to replace him for sure, maybe bring in three or four and move a couple of positions as well.”

Alan even seems confident he will be able to keep his job when he meets with Mike Ashley and the Newcastle Board after our last game of the season at Liverpool on Sunday.

And we dare say that if we finish 9th – by Stoke not winning at West Brom – that would be our second best finish in the league since 2006, when we were in 7th place with 58 points under Glenn Roeder as the then interim manager – although he did get the job permanently and lasted another  year.

Two years ago we were 5th with 65 points under Alan Pardew, and that was out best season since Sir Bobby Robson had us in 3rd place and 69 points in 2003, behind Champions Manchester United and runners-up Arsenal, but above both Chelsea and Liverpool – which was also true in 2012.

Davide Moyes is available, and if Mike Ashley really wanted to sign him a couple of times for Newcastle in the past – maybe it will be a window of opportunity that the Billionaire will take?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

70 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // May 6, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    ‘Probably, maybe, something like that’
    Oh Alan, you just dont know fcukin know whats coming your way next year, you poor deluded man.

  • 2 Barton // May 6, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Here we go,the excuses have started already,wonders if we will ever get one “over the line” .

  • 3 Average_Contents // May 6, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Sorry ed

    That last paragraph was by colo mate not the puppet

  • 4 BlacknWhiteBarmy // May 6, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    That’s the spirit – admit defeat even before it starts!!! What a muppet!

  • 5 Average_Contents // May 6, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    I’m a stickler for facts and it bugs me if somethings wrong, even though I’m in work and shouldn’t be on my phone Although it does sound like puppet talk lol

  • 6 sparky55 // May 6, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Unfortunately he’s right…he will be here next year but for all the wrong reasons…not because he’s the right man for the job…not because he’s sold a vision to the owner…not because he deserves to keep his job on merit…BUT SIMPLY BECAUSE HE STILL OWES ASHLEY SOME MONEY AND BECAUSE ASHLEY KNOWS IT’LL WIND THE SUPPORTERS UP NO END IF HE KEEPS HIS JOB.

    Ashley treats this club with total distain and spends every spare minute he has thinking up ways to make us feel worse and there’s no sign of him giving up just yet.

    He’s a fcukin nightmare

  • 7 The next Mike Williamson // May 6, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Moyes is just a good version of Pardew: Dull containing football, rigid 4-5-1, 11 grafters working for the team but with little flair or goal threat. Prefers an old steady hand to an unproven youth. He is, however, a better version and isn’t a lying smug b*stard.

  • 8 jimmysmith // May 6, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    I understand the criticism, much of it justified but I don’t think Pardew’s as bad as all that. There’s plenty to be said for hanging in there, and he is tough, unlike some of his players, but Jesus yes, Ashley is a reet proper rotten cnut!

  • 9 Big pec // May 6, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    How the hell can he say we always try to improve? its a bloody insult to all toon fans, how is Johan Cabaye being sold an improvement, its just not on lad.

  • 10 Oldgit1 // May 6, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Pardew is at it again, he thinks we may get some players in. FFS can’t you be more bloody positive,

    Why are you so sure you will be in charge for next season you haven’t seen or spoke to Ashley in 3 weeks. Ohh you met the set target, I see, but you said you didn’t have a set target. FFS you couldn’t lie straight in bed. More BS.

    The guy really pisses me off. Oh for a manager that says how it is, someone who will stand up to Ashley.

    He sounds like a guy who is scared to make a promise in case it goes against the owner.

  • 11 Mister Tuff // May 7, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Percy talks about strengthening the underbelly of the team – using my Cockney speak translator I presume he means the squad. It was only a matter of three months ago he was talking about getting three or four players who could fit straight into the first team or be near to doing so. Just makes stuff up as he goes along.
    Bad news day if he is going to be the manager next season

  • 12 Ketsbaia9 // May 7, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    What’s the point of finishing in the top 8? We need to be in europe.

  • 13 Oldgit1 // May 7, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    @ Ketsbaia9 he doesn’t want us to be in Europe, he will have to increase the squad. It may cause us to be relegated with the increase in games. Thought everyone knew this.

  • 14 Laurent Robert 32 // May 7, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    The runners and plodders which Pardew likes to play are there to cover over the clueless inability to properly coach a side into playing positive football.

    I was discussing coaching with a friend of mine earlier tonight and he showed me a video of Sunderland passing the ball round Man Utd players at Old Trafford which ended with them hitting the cross bar. They kept it for maybe 2-3mins or something, and constantly kept it moving. This was the worst team in the league against the players who were crowned champions. They haven’t magic’d this ability from nowhere, they’ve been gelled into playing to that style in training.

    Poyet, Rodgers and Martinez have shown what influence a philosophy has when it is applied the correct way. They can get the players working and understanding each other as a fluid team and how they can maximise ball movement all over the pitch.

    Pardew is well below this level. I’d love to give a De Boer and Bergkamp partnership a go. Not every appointment is going to be successful, but all you can do is try. Unfortunately, it won’t happen though.

    To hear Pardew even talking about next season and his involvement drops my insides to a far lower level and they’re already at rock bottom.

    The abysmal words in this interview of “maybe” bringing people is taking us for a ride as we have heard this BS in the last two windows. He got 5 in the window before and he still breaks poor records.

    Ashley wasn’t at his other clubs and they
    fans still had demonstrations to terminate his employment. The trend is simply continuing here along with providing us with deflective verbal tales which lack any relevance to what is actually going in.

    Sick of him and Ashley.

  • 15 dcdick // May 7, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    Pardew Out !!!

  • 16 Blofal // May 7, 2014 at 1:15 AM

    Pardew talks about flair players but really he is going to recruit strong, solid direct style players who can win a header and not easily give up the ball.

    He knows what the fans want to see but he doesn’t believe a quick passing fluid pacey team will work. He wants counter attacking football with Sissoko on the right and a new winger on the left sending balls in.

    Cabaye, Ba and Cisse all score opportunist goals regularly and its no surprise that without them we can’t score.

    There seems to be a lot of focus (even though it doesnt show) on defending opposition attacks but absolutly no focus on how we ourselves are going to break down an opposition defense.

    When is the last time you could out and out watch a Newcastle game and say we were attacking their weak LB or RB? Nope just bomb it to Shola or blame Ben Arfa when we dont score. Thats our tactic.

  • 17 jimmysmith // May 7, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    Obviously Pardew hasn’t been able to get the maximum out of the squad he’s been given. I’m not entirely sure how much he’s to blame for that. Seems to me the recruitment policy doesn’t match the managers approach. I suppose an Ancellotti would do better with what he’s given, but Pardew did get us playing some decent stuff when he had his favored team out. If they keep him, I hope they at least give him the type of players he wants, otherwise it’s just surely more of the same.

  • 18 BeeGuy // May 7, 2014 at 1:51 AM

    AP is not a coach. He is a guy standing at ringside. The men who have carried the team likely tell him to get out of the way, they have a game to play. When Dreamboat left, it became apparent that he could not organize or execute a plan to make up for the loss. He has been unable to get the best, or even just something better, out of anyone from Dan Gosling to HB-A. If MA wants a mid-table finish and to keep the wage bill down, he needs a manager. Moyes is likely the answer to that equation, if he is not brain dead after the MANU experience.

  • 19 lesh // May 7, 2014 at 2:00 AM

    Pardew’s sounding very confident that he’ll be around next season and it’s either because he’s had an assurance from Ashley ahead of this supposed meeting, he’s so confident in himself that he believes that to be so.

    He’s clearly lost the dressing room and for that reason alone, any authority he may have had, will have gone.

    Even his words now (“We need to strengthen the under-belly of this football club and we need to do that this summer, probably.” If we can do that, then we are going)’ suggest he’s had conversations with someone!

    Heaven forefend that he’s still here next season.

  • 20 theartfuldodger // May 7, 2014 at 4:27 AM


    Grenier aint coming…Lyon to Newcastle is crazy..
    Cabella must surely have better options..

    We are not going to pay the going rate and Pardew cant make a group of decent players play decent football…So its all down to luck..try out unknowns…

  • 21 theartfuldodger // May 7, 2014 at 4:29 AM

    We are surely going down with Pardew in charge..

    The sad part is, even though the writing is on the wall…some people will come out next season defending Ashley or Pardew by saying that Every Season Fans Predict Relegation…

  • 22 theartfuldodger // May 7, 2014 at 4:47 AM

    Whenever we get beat 3-0 or so…Pardew says..We Need To Get Back To The Basics…and nxt game he sits back and defends waiting to snatch an odd goal..Everyone behind the ball..remember spurs..This time that dint work…we still got beat..That has brought out his true colors..Thats all he has…

  • 23 soundoid // May 7, 2014 at 5:25 AM

    I’m happy to see some of you have adopted my Hijacking meme. Because that’s what it is. Like I said way back some of us have Stockholm syndrome and until the ransom is paid, I fear many of us will not be well. Some of us are getting better.

    Alan Pardew is a better football manager than we are giving him credit for. Top 5 two seasons ago and a good run in Europa and being safe this season early doors.

    The problem is the lack of depth in the squad and key players being sold on and not being replaced.

    I don’t have Stockholm syndrome but Alan Pardew does. He’s a shite Club manager.

    Alan STICK UP for this club! Grow a pair of big balls and help us out we need and deserve investment. Mike has the cash make him spend it! Or fall on your sword and leave SJP with some respect.

  • 24 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // May 7, 2014 at 5:40 AM

    Lesh…the only thing we can do is keep piling the pressure on both NoNuts and Parsnip and hope one of them eventually breaks!

    …or should I wind my neck in Spoof? 😉

  • 25 toonarmydownsouth // May 7, 2014 at 6:02 AM

    Oh dear
    Sounds like Mr. Pardew has had a right royal telling off from Mr. Tubbs over all his talk about getting 3-4 players in as opposed to the regulated 1-2 per calendar year and has been told to start reigning in expectation

    Fully expect the World Cup to be used a excuse number one

  • 26 Santon03 // May 7, 2014 at 6:09 AM

    What’s the point strenghtening the club if
    1. your tactics are sh!t
    2. you’re going to anger them then isolate them.
    3. playing them out of position all the time
    4. can’t get the best out of them
    5. playing your favourite players eventhough they are in bad form.

  • 27 catchy in norway // May 7, 2014 at 6:13 AM

    just keep booing him every time he comes to the touch line, he carnt hide for the next 6 years

    he will get the msg , he has it already , but he wants a big fat payday ,

  • 28 cornishman // May 7, 2014 at 6:17 AM

    Its depressing. 1st the idiot says he will run the show and then the pathetic excuses start……jeez I detest this prat.

  • 29 Santon03 // May 7, 2014 at 6:18 AM

    just checked wiki on marveaux, he has been here since 2011 and only played 38 games total including as sub. He must be wishing that he could turn back time.

    Abeid wasn’t able to get regular game here and he has been great player for panathinaikos, played for 28 games scored 7 goals and won a greek cup with them, and now he has to come back playing for this sh!t for brain manager.

  • 30 the truth will out // May 7, 2014 at 6:19 AM

    what a load of balls where do the other crap teams in the league buy their crap players who regularly beat us
    bullshit batman

  • 31 Santon03 // May 7, 2014 at 6:26 AM

    “This season we finished top 10, and maybe we will bring some players. We will try to do well and finish in the top eight, or something like that. We will always try to improve.”

    What kind of target is “something like that”?

  • 32 Jail for Ashley // May 7, 2014 at 6:30 AM

    My guess is that Alan Curbishley was first sounded out as he kept a shite Charlton in mid table for so long, Pardew was next as being in the same mould, when he got us fifth with a 1M net spend Fatty thought he was on to a winner, the terms and conditions were explained and the promise of a rich for life bonus, hence the eight year deal, do not expect Pardew to walk as he is totatally complicit in this whole affair.
    I’m sure Mashers would just have Pardews house if he owed him money, he’s here because of Mashers belief he can keep us mid table for the next seven years without complaint.

  • 33 Average_Contents // May 7, 2014 at 6:34 AM

    It’s quite clear that on this blog people don’t pay attention or are just not arsed! Well here it is again!

    PARDEW DID NOT SAY THAT LAST BIT ABOUT STILL BEING HERE! That is from a coloccini interview and for some reason ED has them blended them together!

  • 34 Jail for Ashley // May 7, 2014 at 6:40 AM

    It’s so nobody can point to that interview and say you said top eight Alan, you’ve failed, I’m not sure how far from eighth before it’s not something like that.

  • 35 Jail for Ashley // May 7, 2014 at 6:43 AM

    I’m afraid to say even after the Lpool humiliation on Sunday he’ll still be here, god help us if Villa nab a draw tonight.

  • 36 Santon03 // May 7, 2014 at 6:48 AM


    me too, i have a bad feeling that he will still be here next season.

  • 37 Jail for Ashley // May 7, 2014 at 7:02 AM

    Do you now realise Mashers does not have the best interests of the club at heart only his bank balance and the dirdction of SD.

  • 38 cyprus // May 7, 2014 at 7:05 AM

    You firmly place your blame on the owner, rather than the manager and I respect that though I disagree. Mashley has the 8th highest payroll in the league (+) though he has not invested in new players (-) in the last two windows. I’ve no idea if he’s to blame there or his employees. Pardew has clearly said that he lets him do his job and AP respects that. In fact, they haven’t talked for weeks.
    The blame of what we have, not what we could have, must fall on the management team. Perhaps Carr and HIS team (in Carr we still trust?) has not hired well. Perhaps it’s the meagre to non-existent funds, I accept that.
    BUT: many of our players are internationals. Individually, we’re better than we’ve been for some time. Can’t these players compete if they are managed and coached better? Just think of two words for your answer and think if MA is to blame: set plays.

  • 39 mindshaft // May 7, 2014 at 7:07 AM

    When will pard’s realise that if you’ve got nothing to say then say nowt!
    He just spouts continual verbal diaorea

  • 40 Jail for Ashley // May 7, 2014 at 7:08 AM

    Fatty can change the manager, Carr can’t stump up 14M for Bony.

  • 41 cyprus // May 7, 2014 at 7:09 AM

    Here I am defending a guy who has made a dozen big mistakes once more! Why would he not want the best for HIS property, not mine? Spite? Come on.

  • 42 bobby mango // May 7, 2014 at 7:11 AM

    The most productive personnel change we could have is getting a new manager and competent coaches.

    Also need a whole new spine through the first team, but I feel there’s a lot more in that squad than we’re seeing.
    That said, whoever is managing will need 2 quality strikers.

  • 43 cyprus // May 7, 2014 at 7:13 AM

    I agree Bobby. On all points.

  • 44 Jail for Ashley // May 7, 2014 at 7:16 AM

    If you were renting a house out to students and they kept paying the rent, would you put nice furniture in.

  • 45 Average_Contents // May 7, 2014 at 7:19 AM


    He’s said as much mate but he didn’t say that last bit as that is from a colo interview I’m afraid

  • 46 Charlie in the Gallowgate // May 7, 2014 at 7:22 AM

    bobby mango
    bloody hell we waz just on aboot the spine of the team in the pub before Saturdays game.
    Stotally agree we need strengthening straight doon the middle.
    New Goalkeeper
    New centre backs
    new central midfield player
    new centre forward

    AND a captain in the Nolan mould

  • 47 cyprus // May 7, 2014 at 7:22 AM

    I like your analogy. Well put. Let me contemplate 🙂

  • 48 Jail for Ashley // May 7, 2014 at 7:31 AM

    I reread it and see your point, doesn’t look out of place as to something he’d say though.

  • 49 Santon03 // May 7, 2014 at 7:35 AM


    I don’t know what is his real intention or his interests.
    I don’t know MA, never knew him in person, I only use my own logic, I don’t even know if my logic is right or wrong.
    If his intention is using NUFC as marketing tool, I think successful NUFC will bring more market than fcuked up NUFC, and being succesful businessman I think he also prefer NUFC being successful. If he loves money which he does, success brings more money, and he already paid big money to own NUFC, he is calculated man and he will want to get profit from his investment.
    I can’t blame MA about how we can’t score from corners or dumb tactics, how the is managed that’s manager’s responsibility. I think he just don’t know which direction or the right people to make this club successful. For me personally, there is no right or wrong decissions only the best options available, right or wrong decissions only time will tell, so far he has very limited options as he has limited knowledge and can be considered as newbie in football business, he just need good advisors which is also limited (which is why he keep changing DOF). this isn’t like any other business where you can advertise on newspaper or website, manager needed with good tactics blablabla and then you review the applicants. Well.. that’s my logic.

  • 50 Jail for Ashley // May 7, 2014 at 7:35 AM

    Did anyone see those ridiculous false glasses the brown tongued lothario was wearing at Selhurst park.

  • 51 Jail for Ashley // May 7, 2014 at 7:39 AM

    He’s had seven years in the game now and seems to be getting better and better at screwing us over with every passing year.

  • 52 Jail for Ashley // May 7, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    You don’t have to be Johan Cryff or Franz Beckenbauer to realise that hiring top class personnel should bring top class results.

  • 53 Santon03 // May 7, 2014 at 7:50 AM


    I’m not sure he has been closely involved in NUFC daily business in 7 years, that’s why he hired DOF or MD to run NUFC. What’s the point hiring MD or DOF if he is the one running the business and making all the decisions, he just get reports from them. I think he has started following NUFC business closely when he bought 5 players and sacked DL, before then NUFC was just one of his investments imo.
    I really can’t judge him personally because he never made any statements or doing PR things.

  • 54 Jail for Ashley // May 7, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    Where’d you get your info from, Dirk Llambias resigned and imo the closest Mikey got to sorting the transfers out was allowing DL to offer the asking price rather than 2M less.

  • 55 Santon03 // May 7, 2014 at 7:56 AM


    I think next season will tell us clearly where this club is going.
    If we still have pardew then I will quit as NUFC fan. I just don’t want to get frustrated for watching NUFC anymore.

  • 56 Jail for Ashley // May 7, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    His involment in football is judged on how long he has been torturing us not the man hours spent doing it.

  • 57 Jail for Ashley // May 7, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    People have been saying that every window since that summer he really did show his intentions.

  • 58 Santon03 // May 7, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    99% pardew will be here and I quit as NUFC fan by the look of things if the real target is top 10. Hopefully by miracle that 1% will happen.

  • 59 Jail for Ashley // May 7, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    You’re right it simply isn’t enjoyable being a Toon fan right now, it seems completely irrelevant that we’ve got one game left as our result won’t even determine where we finish.

  • 60 toon kk // May 7, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Pardew is far from the best manager but his hands are well and truly tied by MA when it comes to strengthening the squad.

    Just expect more of the same next season.

  • 61 cyprus // May 7, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Can you just quit supporting a team? I’d support this team in the Conference League 🙂

  • 62 cyprus // May 7, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    Not if Pards leaves 😉

  • 63 Jail for Ashley // May 7, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    toon kk,
    He is totally 100% complicit in the whole set up so therefore doesn’t deserve to be cut any more slack and certainly doesn’t deserve any sympathy.

  • 64 Jail for Ashley // May 7, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    I wonder how long he can hide in his dug out before the press start taking the pi$$ out of him.

  • 65 welshgeordie9 // May 7, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Now we’ve being linked with townsend from spurs

    Anybody on here would want him

  • 66 welshgeordie9 // May 7, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Shelvey and Townsend that would be a good start to the transfer window if we could get them in.

    Doubt it though

  • 67 ToonMatt // May 7, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    The man is nothing but a rim licker.

  • 68 tabuk toon army // May 7, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Did anyone watch Palace versus the toon the other night A shit team with awesome supporters they never stopped cheering their team on songs about all the players then you see the Toon at home we were once the greatest supporters now we are known for a song about you fat bastard get out of our club. Its not only Ashley and Pards that need to look at themselves the fans are open to being called pathetic to and yes i am a Toon fan

  • 69 mkhalaf // May 7, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    PARDEW IS NOT BAD AT ALL!!! Hes actually a good manager.

    – 2 years ago we finished 5th which is avctually a great result and pardew won manager of the year!! with an average team might i add!!

    – Then we were supposed to strengthen our squad since we had a tougher schedule with europe and all, but not only didnt we strengthen our squad we also got hit with a plague of injuries!! that multiplied with our tougher schedule resulted in us fighting relegation!! (not pardews fault but upper managements fault)

    – then this year we were on par for a 5th seed finish in the first half of the season!! and were doing extremeley well, and if we strengthened our squad in january we prob would have made a strong push for top5, but instead we didnt strengthen the squad and we sold our BEST PLAYER. which f**cked up all of our teams mentality and chemistry and demotivated our players (again not pardews fault but upper management)

    So all in all I really think pardew is a good coach in a bad working environment and put ANY manager in his position and they will F**ck up!! PERIOD

  • 70 mkhalaf // May 7, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    PARDEW IS NOT BAD AT ALL!!! Hes actually a good manager.

    – 2 years ago we finished 5th which is avctually a great result and pardew won manager of the year!! with an average team might i add!!

    – Then we were supposed to strengthen our squad since we had a tougher schedule with europe and all, but not only didnt we strengthen our squad we also got hit with a plague of injuries!! that multiplied with our tougher schedule resulted in us fighting relegation!! (not pardews fault but upper managements fault)

    – then this year we were on par for a 5th seed finish in the first half of the season!! and were doing extremeley well, and if we strengthened our squad in january we prob would have made a strong push for top5, but instead we didnt strengthen the squad and we sold our BEST PLAYER. which f**cked up all of our teams mentality and chemistry and demotivated our players (again not pardews fault but upper management) and resulted in us having a terrible 2nd half of the season (still might finish top 9 tho)

    So all in all I really think pardew is a good coach in a bad working environment and put ANY manager in his position and they will F**ck up!! PERIOD

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