Pardew Surprisingly Admits To Some Home Truths At Newcastle

Alan Pardew has said today that you are taught in football when you get your coaching license never to use the word desperate – because presumably it conjures up all kinds of negative connotations about what’s happening with the football team.

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Alan Pardew on Saturday

That’s generally true in any management job, when you want to keep morale high and you concentrate on the positives – while always being realistic and telling things the way they are.

But Alan Pardew has admitted before the game on Saturday Newcastle were desperatedesperate for a win, and that’s what we managed to do against Leicester, but it was still a close game and a terrible first half performance by both sides.

The Newcastle manager has said Newcastle deliberately changed things around in the second half against Leicester.

This is what Alan Pardew has said today:

“One of your points when you get a pro licence is never use the word “desperate” but we were and there was no hiding place.”
“We were desperate but we had to be professional about it.”

“When they made two forward changes I said to John: ‘We have to win this game’.” “I knew they’d push and try to open the game up. In a way that kind of helped us.”

Leicester made two changes after 56 minutes in Saturday’s game,  when they brought on forwards Jamie Vardy for Marc Albrighton and David Nugent for Jeffrey Schlupp.

Three minutes later Alan Pardew made an attacking change when he brought on young Ayoze Perez for Vurnon Anita, and Ayoze looked very good and very dangerous for the rest of the game.

We won the game on Saturday but it was still too close for comfort, and now we have to try to get at least a point at Tottenham on Sunday and something from our home game the following Saturday to Liverpool

Failure to do that will see us one again in a desperate situation – if we stick to basic management principles and keep telling the truth.

The hope is the win will give our lads a new found confidence, and we can push on up the league from now on.

That’s what we are hoping for.

What do you think?

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10 comments so far

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 22, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #1


    I agree mate, it definitely limits the club. Look at it from fatty’s point of view though.

    Minimal expenditure compared to buying player’s and if we do get the “next Carroll” we can sell for inflated fees as they will be English. He’ll be thinking something along the lines of Southampton. That as far as I can see is the only reason they’d do it. Definitely not for the benefit of the team, the fans or the city. If it does come to fruition they’ll undoubtedly spin it so it seems that way but it won’t be. Cash cash cash.

    Fatty out
    King out

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Oct 22, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #2

    Whoops Ed scooped by AC –Yet again

  • beermonkey

    Oct 22, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #3


    about 6 mnths ago pardew eluded to the fact they were going to concentrate there efforts closer to home in an interview he was talking at how we cant compete with buying English players and said we had to make our own

    I hope its not a complete shift as we have a good scouting network overseas and to neglect that would be wrong but a balance is a must

    isn’t it athletic bilboa that have a strict policy of being from the basque region of spain its can be limiting,

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 22, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #4

    “One of your points when you get a pro licence is never use the word “desperate” but we were and there was no hiding place.”
    “We were desperate but we had to be professional about it.”

    Pro license? Are you sure king? I’m betting yours was included in a box of frosties or from blue peter. You’ve been hiding for months behind your shitty excuses which you admitted yourself were made up and becoming boring. Cretin.

    “When they made two forward changes I said to John: ‘We have to win this game’.” “I knew they’d push and try to open the game up. In a way that kind of helped us.”

    Yes they made the first move trying to win the game whilst you just hoped things would get better or someone would pull you out of the brown stuff as per. That was a bold move king, reacting to the opposition instead of making them react to us. Excellent idea especially at home to the mighty Leicester city to go with your long list of other excellent ideas. Cretin.

  • martoon

    Oct 22, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #5

    I still think taking Anita off was a mistake – we started to get overrun in midfield and Leicester had their best spell after the substitutions.
    On the subject of our new youth policy – in this PC world could we not leave ourselves open to an equal opportunities legal challenge?

  • spitfire_

    Oct 22, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #6

    “When they made two forward changes I said to John: ‘We have to win this game’.”

    And before those two forward changes what was it? “We will be okay with the draw”? What a tit.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 22, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #7

    If the FA is the only place pardew has got his badges from it explains a lot.

    Great coaches and managers embrace a whole range of coaching strategies ( Dutch / Brazilian / Spanish etc.) Pardew is still stuck in 80s English mode.

    If AP is finally admitting to some mistakes the charge sheet should read as follows:

    1) His team selections
    2) his negative containing, defending deep, no midfield movement, direct (hoofball) tactics
    3) His often bizarre subs, especially when chasing a game.
    4) His endless excuses and never taking personal responsibility
    5) His oafish behaviour
    6) Failure to develop young players, Bigi, Abeid and Armstrong among the latest
    7) Always picks his favourites regardless of form
    8) ”Pardewed” so many good players.
    9) Endless lies such as ”I’m a winner”and ” we always play on the front foot”
    10) What is his arrogance based on given his totally underwhelming CV.

    Sadly questions that will be never be asked or indeed ever answered.

  • lesh

    Oct 22, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #8

    Rotonda heights

    Pardew’s got more than FA badges – he got his first class in bullshit and when he was in the Boy Scouts.

  • lesh

    Oct 22, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #9


    Agree wholeheartedly, why wasn’t he playing for an all out win with two strikers, at home, before Leicester made their changes?

    Hasn’t he worked out that playing a single striker just does not work?

    If he were able to stand back and take in the wider picture rather than preen himself, we might just win a few.

  • AndyMac

    Oct 22, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #10

    Good points from RH and lesh because IMHO. Pardwho’s biggest failing is his undoubted desire to NOT LOSE games.

    Containment football is the only way he knows how to play. Making sure we’re “still in the game after 70 minutes” is what marks Pardwho out as a dull, unimaginative and uninspiring coach who, when Plan A goes sadly wrong, has nothing !


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