Former Newcastle Coach Returns To Tyneside

In October of 2006 Nigel Pearson took over as assistant manager to Glenn Ruder at Newcastle, after Kevin Bond had left the club,  and the following February he was confirmed as assistant coach to Stuart Pearce, the England U21 team manager, while continuing his duties at Newcastle.

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Nigel Pearson – Leicester City manager

When Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder was sacked in early May of 2007, Nigel took charge of the remaining game of the season, away to Watford, which we drew 1-1.

And in early January of the following year, when new manager Sam Allardyce was fired after the 0-0 draw at Stoke in the FA Cup, Nigel was again the caretaker manager for the game at Manchester United, a game we lost 6-0, after the score was 0-0 at the half.

But then Nigel was caretaker manager of Newcastle’s 4-1 FA Cup win at home to Stoke City in the next game.

Kevin Keegan was then appointed manager,  and Nigel left the club the next month.

Since then Pearson has been manager at Southampton, Leicester City, Hull and then back at Leicester in 2011, and of course Nigel got Leicester promoted last May after winning the Championship.

It seems Leicester are almost the opposite of Newcastle at the moment,  in that they have a lot of players fit and players fighting for various positions on the field.

This is what Nigel has said about that:

“I am not here to be the players’ friend.” “I am here to be the manager of the football club and it is my job to make decisions on what I feel is the best side to take on whoever we are playing.”

“We have the situation where, potentially, more players are unhappy because they are not involved, but that is a great position for us to be in because it means we have more players to select from and it gives us more options about how we set up.”

This is a winnable game for Newcastle on Saturday, and we just have to win it, especially since our next two games are at Tottenham and home to Liverpool. 🙁

We need the 3 points.

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6 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Oct 14, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #1

    We need 3 points….nothing less will do

  • firebug666

    Oct 14, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #2

    I worry for us this Saturday, or in any game we play. We just don’t seem to be able to deal with opposition running at us, anyone and everyone just seem to run past our fullbacks and deliver crosses at will, or strike at us through the middle leaving Coloccini & Williamson foundering in their wake.

    They all know that a decent ball over the top of our defence for their forwards to run onto will have our CB’s well beaten.

    I just don’t have any hope left for this team.

  • Toon Tang

    Oct 14, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #3

    Got a feeling we will win this game. And I know we all trust my feelings on the outcomes of games, I’m rarely wrong…

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Oct 14, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #4


    Having Ben Arfa and Marveux is better than not having them. They wern’t replaced which obviously has seen us weaker as a squad.

    I think Pardew has always played the strongest possible first eleven he has had available. Every player has had their chances. Even Ben Arfa and M’Biwa. We are always poor once we have a number of injuries because of the lack of quality cover.

    The squad has very little depth and pretty much has always picked itself for me anyway.

    I can agree with formations being tweaked and whatever else he may of had an affect on. He is a mediocre manager, but this is a mediocre squad he is working with also. That’s Ashley’s doing.

    How much better could we of actually been is up for debate if he had changed formations? Swapped players around?

    They still arn’t world class footballers. They are not top 4 players we have at our disposal.

    Surely there is only so much a bloke can do the rest is up to the quality that is on the pitch. The motivation is there and the fight is there it’s a lack of quality that is missing for me. That’s Ashley’s structures and department that is failing also here.

    I think Pardew will get this squad to finish mid-table. That’s my personal opinion.

    Would anyone like to see Steven Taylor back in action?

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Oct 14, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #5

    Bedtime for me ill catch up in a bit mate.

    Have a goodin lads!

  • Lost Plot

    Oct 14, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #6

    De Jong, Santon, Aaron’s, Cisse have all been a big miss to the boss

    BUT rather than me defending him, I’d still like Pardew to introduce some of the elite that we have playing well in the development squad!


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