This Is Why Alan Pardew Is Still Newcastle Manager

Since the 4-0 slaughter at Southampton on 13th September (unlucky for some),  Newcastle have played four games, and we have drawn two games in the league and lost at Stoke, and had a good 3-2 win at Crystal Palace in the Capital One Cup in extra time, after we had gone down to 10 men.

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Alan Pardew on Saturday in south Wales

And in all of those games, even the hardest critic has to admit the lads on the field have played their hearts out for the cause – we haven’t always played well of course, but at least we have seen 100% effort from the players – which wasn’t the case at Southampton.

And in the last couple of days we have had players like Papiss Cisse, Fab Coloccini and Mike Williamson come out and say they are trying their best for the manager.

When a club goes on a very poor run – which Newcastle have been on since last Boxing Day – after we hammered a nine man Stoke side 5-1, there is often talk in the papers of whether the manager has lost the dressing room.

What that basically  means is have the players  given up on the manager and expect him to be fired, and therefore have stopped playing for him.

That’s something that has not happened at Newcastle – not yet anyway – and if anything,  the opposite has occurred and the players are almost in admiration for the way Alan Pardew has handled the terrific pressure he has been under this season, and the second half of last season.

Pardew has stopped just sitting on the bench (hiding?) to avoid the catcalls he gets from the Newcastle players when he’s on the touch-line – and now he’s trying to do his job from the touchline – as per normal.

So the players still seem to be behind him and giving 100% on the field, and that’s the primary reason Mike Ashley has not fired him yet.

But the results must still improve soon, because as we’ve said before, the very last thing Mike Ashley wants is a Newcastle United in the second division.

Then he would lose all the world-wide free advertising he gets for his Sports Direct business from Newcastle United – which now seems to be the (only?) motivating factor behind Ashley owning Newcastle United.

Alan Pardew still remains on the edge at Newcastle, pending the results of the next two or three games.

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10 comments so far

  • Mag52

    Oct 7, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #1

    As player after player comes out in support of the manager, we don’t believe them do we Laurent ? They’re all liars like their manager aren’t they ?

  • sweendog

    Oct 7, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #2

    Even with this support imagine what we’d be like if we’d a good manager with the players behind him, pardew is poor and that’s a fact

  • sweendog

    Oct 7, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #3

    I wonder will sissoko, Cabella etc now come out supporting the manager

  • scitoon

    Oct 7, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #4

    I would include the 5-1 win at Stoke as part of our dismal run. We did not hammer them, Ed. We were 1-0 down then they had a man and their manager sent off. A few mins later they were down to 9. It was only then we were able to score.

  • firebug666

    Oct 7, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #5


    Are you now falling for the PR spin that is spewing out of Newcastle?

    We all know that questions & answers, interviews etc are manufactured at Newcastle, Player say what they are told to say, and if a question is asked that the PR don’t like they have it withdrawn.

    If the media print such stuff they are banned. It’s very difficult these days to know what is truth and what is manufactured by Newcastle’s PR.

    The fact that all these players are now being wheeled out to spout their support for the manager as the heat intensify’s on him speaks volumes in itself and set’s alarm bell ringing.

    However I do support your point earlier on character assassination of the inept one and that it should be his ability in question, But he does leave himself wide open to character assassination.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 7, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #6

    Mag52, I’ve just written a bit out and it deleted. I’m not writing it out again.

    Their propaganda is working, because fans like you are getting sucked in by the pre-written pro-team interviews.

    His nonsense is constantly insulting most fans’ intelligence along with his lies.

    You may be fine have the wool pulled over your eyes, but I don’t. Neither do thousands of other fans.

    Jeff from Rainbow, it’s funny how the only thing being repeated is our inability to get wins. Our comments just mirror what is going on.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Oct 7, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #7

    the reason he hasn’t lost the dressing room is because he has kept senior influential pros on his side by never ever criticises them or dropping them

    the reason we are rubbish is because he never criticises his senior influential pros or drops them

    look at Collo, Willo, & Gouffran. the worst three offenders. he’s never once said anything bad about them & they should have been rested a long time ago. they are the three not in the team on merit and they are the three that have defended the manager. I think Sissoko, Dummet, & Obertan are the other guys who “owe” pardew a public backing for keeping them in the team.

  • scarMag

    Oct 7, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #8

    im hoping he wont be in a job for long/

  • lesh

    Oct 7, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #9

    So do we infer that Ashley’s kept Pardew because the players are playing for him?

    It’s acknowledged that Pardew’s tactics and use of players is to say the least, inept – translating to the fact that he’s not a good coach and Ashley finds that acceptable?

    That being so, can it be inferred that Ashley employs and tolerates useless but likeable managers in SD?

    Somehow, I don’t think so.

    So why is Pardew still at the club? Couldn’t get a replacement could we?

    Rumour has it that even the toilet brush turned him down!

  • toonluvva

    Oct 7, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #10

    The real reason that P45due has not been sacked yet is because we are still, nominally, a PL club.

    Should we be in real danger of relegation by the middle of December I expect that Mr Ashley will move quickly to replace him.

    The amount of compensation that P45due is entitled to will easily be offset by a horrendous drop in TV revenues, together with no FREE advertising for SD. Once relegated there is no guarantee of a speedy return to the PL. We know that Mr Ashley will not tolerate that!

    Imagine a scenario where P45due dodges the bullet, but come February 2015 we are still in the bottom 6. It will be too late to strengthen the squad, so any new manager will have to work with the players we already have. Frankly, I can’t see any DECENT manager coming here whilst Mr Ashley is in charge. It’s true that there are a number of surplus managers just waiting for gainful employment, but of what standard?

    The future looks gloomy for as long as our owner remains.


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