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Pardew Is Perfect For Newcastle – But He’s Not A Magician

8:33 am, Monday, May 12th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 19 Comments

There is an awful lot of negativity surrounding Newcastle United right now, after a terrible run of results this year, and the Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers commented on it after the game yesterday, which we lost 2-1, although before the game we would have probably been OK with that fairly close result against the Premier League runners-up away.

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Brendan Rodgers - don’t blame Alan Pardew

The truth is for the first 60 minutes we looked a good side, and played well, and we had an excellent game plan that seemed to be working well.

But then two goals in two minutes from Liverpool and Shola Ameobi was sent off and then Paul Dummett was sent off, made it into another bad day for Newcastle, and this year has been a  nightmare for fans.

This is what Brendan Rodgers said after the game:

“I have to be honest, I can’t believe the stick Alan Pardew has got. He’s finished top ten. I understand the sheer scale of the club, Newcastle are an incredible football club with the size of it.”

“They went close to Champions League football and they’re a club who can be up there but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out what has happened there.”

“I saw banners saying ‘Pardew out’ around the ground. The team hasn’t bought a player in 18 months, they’ve sold their best player in Yohan Cabaye. He’s not a magician.”

“When he had the players there they just missed out on Champions League so it’s not Alan Pardew’s fault. It’s not him. He’s a wonderful coach.”

“He showed when he had the players there’s a good organisation about his team, his team was dynamic, the supporters loved it and they got into Europe the following season.”

“They did well but it was difficult and I know because we were in the Europa League the first season I was here so I know how tough that is.” The shouts and the bits I’ve seen about whether he’s going to be there or not? He’s perfect for Newcastle.

“I think he’s shown that. If you’re a manager and you take the club (nearly) to the Champions League and you don’t sign a player permanently then don’t blame the manager. ”

And the obvious next few words there would be blame Mike Ashley – and Brendan is right in that we haven’t bought one permanent player since we brought in the five Frenchmen a year last January.

Owner Mike Ashley was desperate to save us from relegation, and four of the players were brought in over five days, after we lost at home to Reading – our 10th defeat in 13 league games.

Over half the managers in the Premier League lost their jobs this season, and the three relegated clubs – Cardiff, Fulham and Norwich all replaced their managers – and Fulham did it twice.

So replacing the manager is not a magic bullet that suddenly turns the side into a good one,  and the truth is we finished in the top ten for only the third time in the last ten years, since Sir Bobby Robson was fired on 30th August, 2004 – the day before I retired from IBM.

That’s a stat that should leave fans really worried (the Bobby Robson one that is) – but on the positive side Alan Pardew has two of those top ten finishes in the last three seasons.

From the reports coming through, it looks like Alan will keep his job as the Newcastle manager.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Other News · Premier League



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19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ibizatoon // May 12, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Brendan…Is it not possible that Pardew has not been equipped properly AND isn’t a great manager at the same time?

    Pardew isn’t perfect for Newcastle, he’s perfect for Ashley. Let’s not get the two mixed up this early on a Monday morning. Some will still be dealing with their weekend hangovers.

    Anyway, I wonder what lessons have been learned by the club this summer?

  • 2 Rainrix // May 12, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Yet another person dishing out their 2 cents despite not really knowing anything about the club and not particularly caring. Someone ring up the pope and see if he wants to weigh in on this.

  • 3 Ibizatoon // May 12, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Rainrix…Not a good idea, pretty sure the Pope is pi88ed that we didn’t let Colo leave last year.

    Surprised Alan hasn’t used that one as an excuse this year. Ya know, it’s hard to win when you have God against you.

  • 4 AusMagpie // May 12, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    “He’s a wonderful coach”… no, Brendan, he absolutely is not. You on the other hand…

  • 5 Jail for Ashley // May 12, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    The pope has just excommunicated Ashley.

  • 6 Mickalonius // May 12, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    I know all about our club and I agree 100 % with Brendan Roger, who with respect to those on thios board knows an awful lot more about coaching and football then any of us. Lack of investment has hurt us, no manager will do better until that is corrected. I cannot undestand why fans want a new manager ? Just look at how many managers we have gone through… Who is good enough ?

  • 7 Rainrix // May 12, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Ibiza…. i just remembered that the pope held up a 5under1and shirt not so long ago, perhaps after 4000 years gods finally picked a team. Ah well we’ve made his first excuse of next season :)

  • 8 Ibizatoon // May 12, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    Mick…To some extent I do actually agree, although I do think it’s a bit late now.

    Something needs to change to shake things up a bit. However, I do feel that any momentum we may gain will be short lived before the next Ashley moment of brilliance sets up back again.

    Until the general ambitions of the club changes, I don’t see how much can change. Managers and players will work under tight restrictions, but they want to be playing for something other than a healthy bank balance.

  • 9 Ibizatoon // May 12, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Rainrix…Well, I can’t think of any other explanation for the scums wonderful relegation escape. Definitely an act of God if ever there was one.

  • 10 Jamiemac // May 12, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Yep agree 100% with Rodgers.

  • 11 nut meg // May 12, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    One manager sticking up for a fellow manager…nothing more than that.

  • 12 stingray // May 12, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Don’t be misled by the table Brendan. 10th might look good, but the last 20 games we have been about as bad as you can get, just marginally better than Cardiff. But the squad still ain’t bad, its just our tactics are terrible. 2 of the most defensive minded midfielders in central midfield doesn’t work, and it shouldn’t take 20 games to work that out. How many goals and assists have Tiote and Anita had between them, in all their time at the toon? Playing one is fine, 2 is poor. They both play so deep, the gap between midfield and attack is so huge -not surprising we don’t score many when they both play. Ok, so selling Cabaye was a loss, but repeatedly trying the same tactics once he had left, only for it to fail week after week, shows incredibly poor management.

  • 13 Ibizatoon // May 12, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11678/9308310/premier-league-news-shola-ameobi-dumbfounded-at-red-card

    You don’t know why? You asked him if he was going to Shola mate…never a good idea.

    Was that really his first red card? Alas, we’ve found something he’s done less than score goals!

    I suppose we already had sprinting in that list.

    Anyway, cheers Shola, it’s been emotional, have a great WC and good luck wherever you are next season (he says grimacing at the likely outcome he’ll still be here next season).

  • 14 bobby mango // May 12, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    What utter crap from Rodgers.
    Is so easy to say we’ve reached the top half, everything is fine.
    Just look at us at set pieces and try to argue he’s a wonderful coach.
    Look at how many times we’ve been thrashed by 3+ goals!
    We’ve got no style / identity to our play. Players degrade under him, instead of improving.
    The only way he’s perfect is that he doesn’t argue with Ashley.

  • 15 Santon03 // May 12, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    We have Cabaye last season and we were almost relegated. Losing one player and we became sh!t team, then we should rename the team into Cabaye United.

    I became a fan of NUFC because I watched how Beardsley, Ginola, and co played wonderful football. I’m not a Geordie, I wasn’t born in Newcastle, but I love this football club ever since I watched this team played wonderful football and I have stuck with NUFC since then. I’m different than most fans here who were born in the city of Newcastle, it’s in their blood.
    If I suffer watching this team play this kind of football, I can’t imagine how those fans suffered watching their team that they love since they were born play like this.
    The reaction of those fans who travelled to liverpoll and watch that sh!t again, it’s understandable. There are nothing to cheer for them this year, only pain watching their team got beaten again and again.
    Their behaviour and anger are justified, Brendan.

  • 16 Oleg G // May 12, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    What he said is true. Pardew is not a magician, that is 100% sure by now.
    Also, the fact that we don’t buy good players or not enough players, or not at all, is also true.

    The only problem that any man with self respect would’ve resigned saying that he cannot work in such conditions. But Pardew staid, which means he is ok with the situation.

  • 17 Sav // May 12, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Oleg, KK did exactly that – and guess what? – he was vilified on this and other message boards. He was blamed for ‘throwing his toys out of the pram, for’ spotting out his dummy’ and for ‘being a serial quitter’. No grown-up can expect Pardew to give up his well-paid job at the biggest club he’s ever been associated with. Fans should consider the stresses Pardew has been working under – Kinnear in, Cabaye out, Lllambias gone and no new players for 21 months. He did well with Ben Arfa at the beginning, he has nursed Colo through his disruption, he has fostered a loaning programme for young players such as we have never seen at NUFC. Tactically, he has tried persevering and he has tried pretty much every permutation in the book – the point being he is not afraid to try. Since Cabaye (who had been brought into a new attacking role) left for PSG the inadequacy of the squad has caught up with us. I hope we see the investment every club needs this summer, although World Cup years make recruitment notoriously difficult. And I hope Pards gets a fair shake from the fans next year. We should back the manager against Ashley, not use him as a scapegoat. The next bloke may be a lot worse.

  • 18 Laurent Robert 32 // May 12, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Mick, he also doesn’t watch us week in week out to see the glaring abysmal coaching.

    He, like other pundits who only see a league table and match of the day type highlights and see 10th as a good achievement. Completely disregarding the fact that we are set up to contain and nick goals. They have more on their plate than to keep a close eye on what we are doing.

    I said Remy and Cabaye’s solo goals were patching over and carrying the team. That is them being able individuals, not the strength of a solid team. Sure enough, we are dog turd when they aren’t getting us out of jail.

    Plus, managers generally support each other as they would want the same backing if they were under fire.

    The fact that Rodgers is such a good coach means that he doesn’t watch us enough if that’s what he thinks.

  • 19 toonluvva // May 12, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    P45due is a magician.

    He made our 2nd half to the season disappear.

    He seems to have made 10,000 season ticket holders vanish into thin air.

    He seems to have turned reasonable players into donkeys.

    He turned a top 5 club into a relegation candidate, and may yet turn a 10th placed club into a bottom 3 one.

    Evidence I feel you will agree that Mr P45due is a magician.

    Seems to be all the ingredients for a magician.




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