Ginola – Newcastle Deserve Better Than Pardew

Former Newcastle winger David Ginola doesn’t understand why Alan Pardew is still the Newcastle manager, after two poor seasons that followed Alan Pardew’s first full season at Newcastle, when he had us in 5th place, and was the Premier League Manager of the Season and the PFA Manager of the Season – the first time any Newcastle manager had won either of those awards.

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David Ginola – why is Pardew still the manager?

Newcastle did very well in the first half of last season, and after we hammered Stoke City 5-1 we were 6th top, just 3 points behind Liverpool.

But then the decline started, and on March 1st, Pardew got himself and Newcastle into a lot of trouble, when he foolishly head-butted Hull City’s David Meyler, and was banned for seven games.

And that was news around the sports world, and certainly not good news for Newcastle United, and it coincided with a terrible run of results that followed – and we lost six of those next seven games.

Then we lost six Premier league games in a row for the first time ever in the Premier League, but at the end of the season Mike Ashley decided to keep Pardew on, which was a little surprising, especially after the fans had made it abundantly clear they didn’t want Pardew as manager.

But the way Mike Ashley thinks, which is almost always at odds with Newcastle fans, maybe that was one reason he kept Pardew at the club?

This is what the now 47 year-old former French International and Newcastle winger had to say to Perform:

“They haven’t done much. He hasn’t done much at the club.” “I think he’s behind Arsene Wenger in being the second manager to have been staying for a long time for a club and he did it without being successful.”

“Alan Pardew, is he the man? He’s not because he doesn’t bring success to the club. You’re always judged by the things you do and if you look at Newcastle results for the last three or four years, nothing much.”

“They deserve better than that, the fans – the Geordies – and the city.”

We just hope we can have a good transfer window in the summer, but then it will be really important to have a (very) good start to next season, and maybe we can finish in the top six?


If we have another bad season, it would likely be Alan Pardew’s last season on Tyneside.


Comments welcome.

32 comments so far

  • manxpie

    May 22, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #1

    plus on this 100,000 for gomis i’m pretty sure that i read when we signed ba that free agents have a bargaining tool to there advantage which is there wages can be 10% of there market value as there is no transfer fee
    so ba was valued a 6 mill he was on 60,000 a week (when he played)

    so it seems gomis agents value him at 10 mil hence the 100,000 pound wages

    never gonna happen anyways so just go for doumbia instead!

  • jimmysmith

    May 22, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #2

    Maybe Gin Fizz as manager and this guy his first signing then.
    With Benny on the right. ????

  • santonthenewmaldini

    May 22, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #3

    Well said Ginola its clear guys like him still care about our club why do we not have former players in ambassador roles for the club like Shearer , Ginola and Rob Lee who clearly love the club and would be great to talk to young players etc about signing for Newcastle

    Everything we do at the club is wrong , no respect for tradition I HATE ASHLEY !!

  • jimmysmith

    May 22, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #4

    Ginola is my all time favorite player, alongside Shearer and Solano, but he’s not entirely accurate when he says Pardew hasn’t done much. Fifth and the quarters of the Europa League, challenging for Europe again before his best player was sold from under him. I get that he’s not a Manager that encourages flair players, but in the interests of balance Davide.

  • gdw298

    May 22, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #5

    10% of £6million isn’t £60k…
    If Ba was on 10% of €6million he’d have never left. Real Madrid would scoff at those wages.

  • Thump

    May 22, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #6

    10% of £6million isn’t £60k…

    I wish it was. My taxes would be a lot easier to swallow in a world where that percentage makes sense.

  • manxpie

    May 22, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #7

    lol gdw maths aint my thing as ya can see but it was a similar thing about ba must’ve been 1% then
    but as we supposedly offered 9mil last year for him it works out the same

  • mindshaft

    May 22, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #8

    Ginola is one of my all time faves, sadly he’d be useless these days

  • manxpie

    May 22, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #9

    he’s just pissed off with pardew because he pronounces davide as david thats all like

  • manxpie

    May 23, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #10

    indykaila News ?@indykaila 1h
    Breaking News: French striker Loic Remy has held talks with Liverpool and Arsenal.

    obviously very true!!

    i do wonder tho how much he goes for in the end


    May 23, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #11


  • santonthenewmaldini

    May 23, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #12

    Would actually sicken me if Remy was to sign for the scousers !

  • manxpie

    May 23, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #13

    here’s the perfect pic for the challenge btw never malicious and never ever a sending off


    May 23, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #14

    GINOLA’s interview on Danny Kelly’s sporting life (talksport) is excellent for the Ginola fans out there ( podcast available on iTunes ). Talks about his future plans to be a top manager. Really passionate about it and thinks he is suited to it which surprised me. Never thought he was a manager type.

  • manxpie

    May 23, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #15

    santon aye me too but i can see it happening
    be interesting to see how much they pay since we should’ve payed qpr seeing as we could’ve and should’ve payed them as soon as they went down

    toon toon ya speak to much mate so which other poster are ya???

  • manxpie

    May 23, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #16

    steve has he even done anything in football since he’s retired (apart from being a very funny pundit and model)

    seems strange to say that now


    May 23, 2014 at 1:18 AM

    Comment #17

    Yeah I was surprised. Listen to last ten even 5 minutes of the podcast. Actually says ” I will be the most amazing manager”!! Really sounds confident. Talks about needing a good chairman though which rules him out of the toon!!

  • manxpie

    May 23, 2014 at 1:42 AM

    Comment #18

    steve i ain’t on itunes so wouldn’t know mate would like to see it tho
    and ya right a good chairman and nufc doesn’t go together at all 🙂

    toon toon come on you’ve gone all quiet fella!
    you’ve gone to the trouble of making a whole account just to ridicule me so who are ya really? my bet is beattie the loser who…….. well we all know how that ended lol!

  • manxpie

    May 23, 2014 at 2:08 AM

    Comment #19

    and if it ain’t you beattie apologise for the accusation!
    it might be the other fella that i can’t remember the name off (strange that!!)
    that took the piss when i said it but i didn’t think he’d be that sad but quite possible

    but anyways the fact that somebody IS! that sad is laughable really but good for you especially not showing who you are so that your thoughts or opinions aren’t questioned or “ridiculed”!!

    i don’t expect an answer from the utter pussy who posted it (apart from his alter ego) because he’s a pussy but fair play this is the internet and you can hide behind that but for me extremely childish/twatish

  • lesh

    May 23, 2014 at 2:11 AM

    Comment #20

    Ginola’s right. Ed’s got it right when he suggested that Pardew’s still with us because the fans and local papers were calling for his head.

    I think we all know that Ashley likes to do what he wants to do, not what the fans and media – the two bodies which very much dislike him – want.

    Maybe fans might be better served if a little reverse psychology were applied – get right behind Pardew, get right behind Ashley – and we might just succeed where criticism’s failed.

    We’ll never know.

  • manxpie

    May 23, 2014 at 2:16 AM

    Comment #21

    lesh did you see them flying pigs past the blue moon too!!!?? 🙂

  • manxpie

    May 23, 2014 at 2:20 AM

    Comment #22

    and btw the other day i was wrong about the express and the mirror it was the express and the daily star that are sister papers

    so it was totally void mate i was wrong on that still don’t believe any paper tho lol

  • expatmag

    May 23, 2014 at 2:40 AM

    Comment #23

    This club of ours is in one hell of a mess and quite frankly, I do not see anything more than a struggle next season, no matter who we sign.

    The management structure at both board level and on the training ground is severely lacking in quality and experience in the modern day running of a football club.

    Even Sunderland are now putting us to shame and I can see them overtaking us as top dogs in the North East.

    What annoys me most, regardless of the amount of money spent on buying players in, is the complete and utter failure of bringing quality through from our academy and the way Pardew and Co. manage the youngsters within our club.

    Ashley stated that his mandate was to rear our own and sell them on at a profit. He has been at the club for 7 years now and the only true successes have been Andy Carroll and Tim Krul.

    I feel a great deal of sympathy for the likes of Campbell, Vuckic, Tavernier, Abeid etc who have been given little opportunity before being farmed out to lesser known clubs at both home and abroad.

    The fact that the likes of Campbell and Vuckic have spent more time sitting on the bench rasther than the playing field at the likes of St.Mirren and Rotherham really upsets me.

    There appears no likelihood of change at the club in the short term and I can only see a season of discontent and struggle ahead. Although I get the option of watching every game here in Australia through satellite TV, in recent months, I have not bothered much as what I have seen has been totally depressing, unprofessional and downright soul destroying.

    Even if Ashley did spend considerably this summer, I still cannot see improvement in the way the team will play. Attacking wise, we are non existent and defensively, as our goals against column displays, we are totally inept.

    I fully expect a struggle against relegation next season and I feel sorry for you guys locally who have had the misfortune to endure this shite at SJP.

    Don’t put yourselves through any further misery and hand back those season tickets. I would love to see Ashley and Co. suffer the indignity of half empty stadium at least from the inevitable national coverage this would show.

    Rant over.

  • Blofal

    May 23, 2014 at 4:00 AM

    Comment #24

    I’m not a fan of Pardew’s tactics but here is here to stay.

    The only saving grace is that evident from past interviews he does know what the fans want.

    He is far too cautious for my liking but I think having an owner that you know is going to sell your best players and screw your game plan (whatever it is because I haven’t figured it out yet) doesn’t really instill confidence in the manager. For sure it makes you more defensive.

    Hopefully we get some good signings and Pardew has the confidence to setup an attacking team. He knows Geordies want the ball on the ground. He knows they want attacking football. I just don’t think he has the confidence to setup like that.

    Ben Arfa is a one man show. As great a player as he is the rest of the team just stand there and wait for him to finish his stepovers.

    Marveaux is lazy and does not track back. The hype over him is unwarranted

    Cabaye was sold. And those were our playmakers. No wonder we can’t score anymore.

    Sammy I think is underated. Regularly takes on players and wins and one of our only players that can cross. Needs a loan spell on the mainland I think.

    We have no strikers now. Papiss is a poacher and needs confidence and service. He has had neither since Pardew stupidly put him on the wing.

    And the problem with our defence is they are constantly under fire because the opposition are not worried about us counter attacking. I think our defence is ok. Even the best premier league defence will concede eventually if the opposition is shooting every 3 mins. Having no attacking threat gives teams the confidence to do that to us.

    Pardew has his faults. His subs are always defensive and reactive. But he has not had a good enough squad. Against Liverpool we outplayed them in the first half. Pardew needs credit for that. But he also needs to address why we collapse so easily.

    I think we collapse easily because the pressure and expectations of yhe Geordie fans are too much for some of our players to cope wirh. Who was it that once said we should only bring players here that can handle the pressure of playing for Newcastle? It was SBR I think. Cheap french imports are not tbose types of players.

    Sorry for the rant. Im bored at work.

  • Shot Bru

    May 23, 2014 at 4:12 AM

    Comment #25

    Nice one Blofal…it makes you wonder why Pardew doesn’t stand up for himself…Tell Ashley what he wants or he’s off…

    This would be the perfect time for Pardew to give Ashley an ultimatum regarding squad improvement…if Ashley doesn’t play ball then he should resign!!

  • cyprus

    May 23, 2014 at 5:25 AM

    Comment #26

    Ginola for manager! The squad is mostly French; he would expect flamboyant football!
    Still, not sure he’s manager material. Much like Shearer.

  • cyprus

    May 23, 2014 at 5:33 AM

    Comment #27

    My all time favourite player. Sad day when he left… the very next year he was voted player of the year in the PL.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 23, 2014 at 6:06 AM

    Comment #28

    What kind of coaching or management has Ginola done since he retired?

  • Slank

    May 23, 2014 at 6:47 AM

    Comment #29


    Mike Ashley was in Tala last week drinking with a blonde in my local bar but alas I wasn’t there for once!

  • BuckLuck

    May 23, 2014 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #30

    Of course we deserve better than Pardew. Not one single team in PL deserve a manager like him. He is one of two reasons why SJP is like a graveyard compared to what is used to be.

  • Rotonda heights

    May 23, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #31


    Are people really going to dine out on his one and only top 6th finish in a near 20 year managerial career forever?

    Roeder got us Europe one year!

    Yes Pardew had one good season where Ba, Benny (when finally selected) and Cisse scored individual wonder goals and we got a fair few reffing decisions.

    This season no manager should perform that badly over just one player going, while also opting to break up the Willo / MYM partnership and play Gosling and Shola ahead of Ben Arfa, Marveaux, Bigirimana, Armstrong, Jonas, even Obertan etc.

    The last 2 premiership seasons taken as a whole we have lost 38 games, ie a whole season!

    Pardew had his moment, fair play to him but clearly he can’t take us to the next level as the last 2 disastrous seasons have shown and with no Europa or domestic cup involvement to use as an excuse this time.

    Our key players weren’t and aren’t enamoured with Pardew’s tactics and Ginola has it absolutely spot on.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 23, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #32

    Right on David. You wouldn’t be in the team if dead brain was in charge of you as you’d be told you don’t work hard enough defensively for the team.

    Pardew out.


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