We Can’t Just Fight Our Way To Victory – Pardew


It’s a crucial game tonight at the Britannia Stadium, and the best result for both Alan Pardew and Newcastle would be a good win.

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Alan Pardew – I’m carrying some scars

We moved off the bottom of the table yesterday, when West Brom beat Burnley 4-0, and Burnley’s goal difference became worse than Newcastle’s – and that was also West Brom’s third win in a week under former Newcastle coach Alan Irvine.

Here’s some of what Alan Pardew has said about his current situation at Newcastle:

“I’m carrying some scars and I’ve been under pressure at this club for a number of weeks now but all I can focus on now is the team.”

“The focus for me really can only be on Monday night. We’re very conscious we haven’t had a win but it’s not a boxing match, so we can’t just fight our way to victory.”

“We’ve got to get the right balance between having enough fight and being relaxed to play enough good football.”

The focus on the game tomorrow night will be on Alan Pardew,  and the fact that it could be his last game in charge for Newcastle, and that’s especially true if we lose and don’t play particularly well.

We suspect that Mike Ashley is getting just a wee bit nervous that we may become involved in a relegation scrap this season, and that’s the very last thing he wants.

If Alan cannot turn things around in the next two games, we think he could be replaced at Newcastle – probably by David Moyes, and there was a report yesterday that Moyes would take the Newcastle job, if it was offered to him.

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40 comments so far

  • RonVanDam

    Sep 29, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #1

    If you want to win, change the formation to 4-3-3 with attacking players at your disposal

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 29, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #2

    Best not be ‘too hyped’ again, Alan, ‘ey?

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  • lesh

    Sep 29, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #3

    Out of interest, I wonder what Pardew would do with this line up?

    Srnicek

    Watson, Albert, Howey, Beresford

    Beardsley, Lee, Batty, Ginola

    Asprilla, Ferdinand/Cole

    Surely he couldn’t Pardew those lads…… Or could he?

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 29, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #4

    “Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa Man Of The Match and Top Rated Defender So Far For Roma This Season”

    #PARDEWOUT

    #NUFC

    ——

    Prior to his arrival in the clutches of Pardew he was the captain of the French League winning side and a highly rated up and coming French international.

    After leaving the clutches of Pardew, he’s good enough for Rudi Garcia’s Serie A runners up and is also playing Champions League football this year.

    Nice one, Alan…

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Sep 29, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #5

    if/when we lose against Stoke MA will be sweating like Lee Evans after the game.

    2nd bottom with only 3 points in 5 games is enough to ensure he will be sacked by MA if we lose against Stoke.

    I hate to see Newcastle lose but if it’s at an expense off Pardew being sacked in the process I would welcome defeat by every team until he’s gone.

    But we know somehow Pardew will overcome this against Stoke and will probably win against them 🙁 but I would have no idea what will happen if we draw against them

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  • 70TWO

    Sep 29, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #6

    One goal in two(?) seasons and I have never seen a headline like this for NUFC!?!

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/arsenal-stars-called-extra-corner-taking-4339677#ixzz3EeLcBdPc

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Sep 29, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #7

    70TWO

    it’s because set pieces are none existent here, on the bright side though at least we can pop to the toilet when we have a corner or a free kick 😉

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  • 70TWO

    Sep 29, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #8

    lol @7

    Every time AP describes his conversations with Mikey boy he repeats the mantra about him wanting a victory, it gives the impression of a child saying “I want”. I would hope there has been some more determined questioning from the owner, about what they have been doing on the training pitches in order to achieve this aim.

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  • lesh

    Sep 29, 2014 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #9

    70TWO

    When once Ashley was said to want to run the club based on the Arsenal model, could it be that it’s now reversed and Wenger’s been learning from Pardew?

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Sep 29, 2014 at 1:43 AM

    Comment #10

    The problem with Pardew is that he can talk the talk but can’t walk the walk.

    No more bullsh*t Pards and as mentioned above play an attacking 4-3-3 and play to the players strengths you twat!

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  • Sav

    Sep 29, 2014 at 2:26 AM

    Comment #11

    Whoever nicknamed Hughes ‘Sparky’ was having a laugh. Will they be looking to sack him if he loses his third straight home Premiership game? On MYM, I don’t give a shite if he’s starring in Serie A, he looked uninterested and gaff-prone at Newcastle, not particularly quick and too easily bullied in the air. He shouldn’t have gone without being replaced but that is down to Charnley and Ashley.

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  • Santon03

    Sep 29, 2014 at 5:34 AM

    Comment #12

    lesh @3

    I remember those days especially that 5-1 win against ManUtd.
    Albert, Peacock, Howey probably the worst CB in the league compare to what we have now, but defending wasn’t our priority at that time. Even Albert wasn’t concerned about defending, especially when you can lob the ball over Schmeicel and scored a beautiful goal.
    Attack was the best form of defense during that time.
    Midfield line up was : Gillespie, Lee, Beardsley, Ginola.
    It was the best time, it was fun, it was The Entertainers.

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  • Santon03

    Sep 29, 2014 at 5:36 AM

    Comment #13

    The question is what happened if KK managed the current squad?

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 29, 2014 at 5:39 AM

    Comment #14

    santon
    it was 5-0 😉

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  • Santon03

    Sep 29, 2014 at 5:45 AM

    Comment #15

    still remember 4-3 defeat against liverpool, although it was a defeat but still fun to watch.
    4-3 win against O’leary Leeds, came back after 2-0 down.
    Still remember WTF moment, Bowyer vs Dyer.

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  • Santon03

    Sep 29, 2014 at 5:47 AM

    Comment #16

    Catchy

    You are correct, my mistake it was NUFC 5 – 0 manutd, 5-1 was against sunderland.

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  • Santon03

    Sep 29, 2014 at 5:51 AM

    Comment #17

    If pardew got sacked and has to be an englishman for replacement. I would love to have Roeder or Houghton back.

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  • Santon03

    Sep 29, 2014 at 6:21 AM

    Comment #18

    What we need is Roeder.
    He was able to turn from relegation to 7th position.
    He was unlucky the next season, senior squad has 13 or 14 injuries and he has to use players from academy.
    pardew’s problem was nothing compared to Roeder’s.

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  • cyprus

    Sep 29, 2014 at 7:01 AM

    Comment #19

    Mbiwa doing so well in teams either side of NUFC is indicative of something being seriously wrong in our set up. And I don’t buy this PL is harder anymore (I used to). These teams easily compete with theoretically English outfits when they play in Europe.
    So, AP, last chance cafe, once more tonight. Pull the rabbit out of the hat and you have my blessing. If not, well, see ya.

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  • Tinman

    Sep 29, 2014 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #20

    Pardew is an absolute donkey. Hoping for a Stoke win tonight to save us from relegation.

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  • firebug666

    Sep 29, 2014 at 7:13 AM

    Comment #21

    I think reading between the lines, the inept one has already given up and is just waiting for his BIG pay off. Some of his quotes of late have been demoralizing and defeatist for him and the team.

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  • Tinman

    Sep 29, 2014 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #22

    Santon I think you are wrong with Roeder and Hughton. I remember both of them having a similar motivation problem to Pards (although they were both a class above personally). They would both get beat by teams lower in the league where it is important for a manager to motivate his players, whereas we would play our hearts out against big teams where no manager input was really required.

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 29, 2014 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #23

    hope we get the team that faced Southampton tonight

    strange thing, NUFC 2nd worst away form against the worst home form tonight..

    don’t think its going to be a cracker

    LOL

    all the entertainment is the circus that surround’s clown pardew

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  • mindshaft

    Sep 29, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #24

    Yet more defeatist talk from pardew and setting up Tiote leaving in Jan.
    Mbiwa look uninterested and gaff prone because he was exactly that, he allegedly disliked pard’s, his tactics and training – to be fair he should have knuckled down but how many players will we lose because they dare to challenge the self proclaimed king

    As much as I want pard’s sacked I think we need a win before we get stuck in the bottom three way behind 17th

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 29, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #25

    Tinman

    I remember that too.

    not that im saying CH is the answer, but I think he had it much harder than pardew,
    im sick of pro pardew saying Pardew has it hard because of Ashley, CH had the same guy above him, the team had just been relegated, lost lots of so called star names and had to put together a team to fight and win the championship.
    the guy was a brand new manager, and walked the championship, no moaning, just created a great team spirit

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  • Santon03

    Sep 29, 2014 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #26

    Tinman

    Sorry to disagree.
    You need to look at the teams that these 2 managers had compare to now.
    Roeder inherited Souness team, in that team there are Boumsong, Bramble, Luque, Babayaro, Faye, Owen. Seriously how do you motivate these kind of players? Yet he managed to turn things around and finished 7th and won Intertoto cup. He has the worst injury record in NUFC history 13 or 14 injured senior players, I think he has done a great job being able to stay mid table before he got sacked.
    Houghton did a good job with mediocre team, able to get us back in EPL and able to finish 12th with pretty much the same team that got us promoted. Bad at motivating? he was able to motivate Barton and AC.

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  • Santon03

    Sep 29, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #27

    I’m not saying that they will EPL for us or get us back in CL straight away, but we have a great chance winning a cup trophy with Roeder or Houghton in charge with current team.
    I believe pardew time is up, he has been given more than enough chances and time.
    Roeder and Houghton will be my choice for British manager, if we had to have British manager. For foreign manager, I would go for Lippi, De Boer, Rijkard or Van Basten.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 29, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #28

    Why look to get someone from the past?? Why not look at someone forward thinking and innovative.

    No doubt Roeder was a decent bloke, but if he was to come back to NUFC it shouldn’t be as manager, it should be in an advisory capacity to the board, that would suit his skill set best, and also help to improve the back room and youth set up.

    Hughton, again a very nice bloke, but a top manager he ain’t. Did well for us, but most managers would have been able to win the Championship with our squad then.

    To sum up, nice blokes, wouldn’t want either back as manager.

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  • Santon03

    Sep 29, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #29

    I’m not saying that they will win EPL for us or get us back in CL straight away*

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  • Santon03

    Sep 29, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #30

    It’s my choice

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 29, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #31

    santon

    I felt sorry for roeder, but I don’t think the players respected him, I may be wrong,

    but like you I don’t think CH had problems motivating , for me he seemed to be good at it, , there is no glamour in the championship , just hard work, you have to have the players on your side. and lets face it, Barton is a headache for any manager, but CH handled him perfect. and he didn’t even have to speak French to him 😀

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  • Tinman

    Sep 29, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #32

    I agree that they both did decent jobs under more difficult circumstances but they aren’t much better than Pards. Hoots didn’t do much at Norwich did he and he did spend some cash. Clubs haven’t been knocking down Roeders door either.
    Both did well. Both were great men. But both were only good enough for mediocrity.

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 29, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #33

    santon

    hasn’t Van Basten. retired from management ?

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  • Tinman

    Sep 29, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #34

    I think Barton will make a fantastic Newcastle manager in the future. You’ll see 😉

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 29, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #35

    Tinman

    that’s where I have to totally disagree with you, I think they were mile better than pardew, these last 3 seasons , we have had a very good squad, much better than both of those 2 had, and pardew has mismanaged them to the point our best players want to leave,

    no players will come out directly blame a manager, tevez yes, but who else.
    yet we all know senior players have been into talk to pardew about his style of play and training methods

    those 2 guys were gentlemen as well

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  • Santon03

    Sep 29, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #36

    Catchy

    I don’t know about players didn’t respect Roeder, but I can understand why. He made a mistake pointing Shearer temporary assistant and everyone thinks Shearer like a God. Shearer has more power than Roeder, but I can’t blame Roeder because he was a care taker manager, it’s just luck didn’t go his way I guess.
    You are 100% correct, it’s not easy to handle Barton, CH did a great job.
    People think so easy to win things like championship division, but we can’t even win against Stevenage. Maybe in the video game it’s easy.

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  • Santon03

    Sep 29, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #37

    Catchy

    I’m not sure, I don’t think so. He retired from national team coach, that’s all I know.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Sep 29, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #38

    Non of us is privy to what has passed between Ashley and Pardew but an indicator will be APs selection for tonight If it has a look of desperation about it then Ashley was telling the truth at the Golden Lion If its just an away point grabbing team then we will know that AP has more breathing space

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  • lesh

    Sep 29, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #39

    Catchy, Pardew could win every trophy possible and you’d still find something to have a go at!

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Sep 29, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #40

    Catchty: Van Basten has had problems with his Heart ! Similar to the hart problems J. Kinnear had! The last i heard he might become a Director of Football at AZ Allmaar?

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