Keegan Praises Pardew – He’s Got Character – Players Behind Him

Well would you believe it – Kevin Keegan has come out today and lavished praise on manager Alan Pardew and the Newcastle team.

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Kevin Keegan – in first stint as Newcastle manager

Newcastle went the first seven league games this season with just four points, but we have won the last three, with wins at Tottenham and home to Leicester City and Liverpool, and we are now in 12th place with 13 points from the first 10 games.

Thats one point less than Liverpool and the same points total as Manchester United.

This is what Keegan has told Press Association Sport today:

“Four games ago there was despair around Newcastle,” “He’s been under pressure for a long time, since Christmas at least.¨ “They’ve persevered with him for whatever reason, and that’s worked out to their advantage.¨

“The one thing that’s obvious is that the team’s behind him: you don’t go to places like Tottenham and Man City and win, or Liverpool at home when they desperately needed a result, without having great team spirit.¨

“So that’s what Alan’s got, he’s got a lot of character.” “Remember it was only two years ago he was manager of the year so things do change quickly in football,” said Keegan, who was launching the GoFest initiative at Surrey Sports Park.

“But sometimes you have to give people who’ve done it before a little bit more patience, and just respect the fact that actually they’ve done better than this.

“Sometimes you’re going to hit brick walls in football, you’re going to lose key players, you’re going to sell players you shouldn’t sell maybe, that Newcastle did with (Yohan) Cabaye in particular.

“But for Alan I’m really pleased, as an ex-manager of Newcastle, you don’t like to see managers just leaving the club every three to six months like some clubs.

“I think the board there have got the rewards for sticking by him: and now they’ve got to keep it going.

That’s praise indeed from Kevin Keegan for Alan Pardew.

And there’s even some indirect praise there for Mike Ashley, since he’s the one who made the decision to keep Pardew and not fire him, and that praise is strange coming from Kevin, who sued the club for improper dismissal after he left in September of 2008.

But Newcastle, because of the way the lads have fought themselves out of a very difficult position, are now receiving the plaudits for that from many quarters, and some of our younger players have been playing very well for the team.

But we have to keep it up and beat West Brom away on Sunday. 😀

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22 comments so far

  • mag92

    Nov 4, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #1

    Even king kev, is a Pardew convert!

  • Graeme

    Nov 4, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #2

    Or he has been Pardewed as well!!!!!!

  • lesh

    Nov 4, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #4

    And Rodgers told Liverpool to stop moaning – fat chance hoping for scousers to do that!

    They’ve got a lot to be happy for tonight, they’re only 1-0 down and that’s an improvement on the first leg!

    Rodgers’ bubble’s burst – no Suarez and he’s been found out!

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Nov 4, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #5

    Jonas looks better without hair.

  • 70TWO

    Nov 4, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #6

    Just seen Patrick Barclay on MOTD2 extra and understand that he was semi-joking about apologising to Pardew. He admits that performances have been terrible from December but still seems to insist that everything is now rosey. The panel simplistically discussed NUFC fans as being fickle; mentioning that it was a large minority of fans that were protesting against Pardew and disrupting the team, then determining that the very same people are no longer aggravating for change and in rapture.

    How do so called football experts come up with this stuff and not be able to grasp that 50K people are not all going to have the same opinion? That performances determine the mood of a crowd and influence the ability of the vocal minority to assert their view? Obviously the protests have quietened down because no one gripe against winning, that would be like ‘p#ssing in the wind’, but to call it fickle is delusional, bordering on ignorant.

  • optimistic prime

    Nov 4, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #7


    Can’t disagree with any of that, watched it myself but just thought w@nker.

    None of them are worth reading or listening to, they make their opinion by talking to each other not investigating the facts.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 4, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #8

    Whether people like the style of pardew or not the players back him.

    Pardew also seems to get a lot of praise from other managers, heard a lot saying he is a good coach, goes against my thinking but maybe they know better.

    Also heard tonight on radio Newcastle that Sammy’s goal against spurs was planned, they’d seen a weakness so tried it, might be all talk but shows some thinking.

    Also to add – our set plays are ten fold better now they don’t have Willo to float the ball too, we look a real threat. Hopefully we stick without Willo and also with the current corner routine of whipping it with pace to six yard box, simple and effective.

  • jimmysmith

    Nov 4, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #9

    Yes Paddy, but we are still at best realistically gonna finish eighth, and seemingly in a pattern where we find ourselves having to rebuild again when the better players move on. I think that is true under Ashley, we only keep the ones who are willing to stay. The very best eventually tire of it and seek honors. And so rather than top six and trophies, we can more realistically expect upper mid table and occasionally expect to flirt with the bottom six when in transition. I don’t think its fickle to be upset when that happens or to expect more ambition from such a big club. After seven, eight years Ashley and now Pards need to offer us more than that to keep us happy, it’s not unreasonable.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Nov 4, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #10

    Funny how you didn’t see these so called “experts” come out in their droves to defend Pardew a few weeks ago and the majority of 2014 .

  • 70TWO

    Nov 4, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #11

    optimistic prime

    The BBC correspondent on the end did ask Patrick if he thought it was a case about Geordies or rather all football supporters, to which he implied it was more about the crowd mentality. There does seem to be an overarching idea that Pardew is doing the best that can be done in a bad situation, because we don’t spend the same amount of money as the big six, despite the majority of the squad being Internationals.

  • 70TWO

    Nov 4, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #12

    Transfer Sage

    Not disagreeing with you, but the players weren’t really behind him at the end of last season and presumably the same kind of coaching and training is taking place now. I wonder if the presence of MA and PR man has changed their thinking somehow?

  • 70TWO

    Nov 4, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #13

    Reminds me of Vultures around a carcass, getting in an excitable flap over scraps of meat, sticking their heads into rotting carcasses and flying off at any threat.

  • toon kk

    Nov 4, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #14

    Pardew is a mediocre manager, there is worse and there’s certainly better. He hasn’t suddenly changed, the team have just put a bit of effort in for a change and there confidence has been lifted.
    We have a limited squad, but when we’re playing well we are capable of some decent football.

  • optimistic prime

    Nov 4, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #15


    Saw that to, he also said the reason most fans where having a go at Pardew was they where getting no where giving Ashley abuse. Failed to recognise the form previous to last four or previous run we had which was virtually a carbon copy.

    They do make valid points yet they never criticise a manager or say there failing to get best out of squad. It’s a bit like the current managers backing of Pardew, it’s like a old mates club rule you don’t criticise it’s not the done thing yet people are meant to listen when they offer hollow praise.

  • optimistic prime

    Nov 4, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #16

    Funnily enough reading the papers there’s only two sets of fans that have the right to ask for more, Liverpool and Man Utd. Everyone else should just be happy.

  • jimmysmith

    Nov 4, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #17

    I was skeptical when they hired him, but to be honest I felt we needed a more accomplished manager than Hoots, so it seemed neither here nor there to me. But after a while I came to support him. I think he’s competent and genuine and handles a difficult job well, generally speaking.

    People say we wouldn’t get anyone better. I suppose that’s true, because he knows the remit better than anyone else. If Ashley can create the circumstances to provide a production line of good players and have incentives in place to keep them, then Pards has earned the right to run it, and then if he fails, well then you might at least have the circumstances in place to attract a better manager.

  • Dulcinera

    Nov 4, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #18


    I think you’ve nailed it spot on there to be honest. People have to remember Pardew came half a year after we only got promoted back to the premiership. Who better could we get for being a newly promoted team? In his first full season at the club he took us to 5th with a fine team that he assembled. Brought in Ba, cabaye, ben arfa, cisse, santon. All pivotal to that years success. He proved with a good team he could do good things.

    I agree if we can buy in the right talent over the next few years and be consistant then we will get, maybe the top, top quality manager this club deserves. But for now Pardew deserves to be given his chance regardless of a rough year or so. It’s good to have some stability at the club for once coach wise. Our longest serving manager since Sir Bobby. Chopping and changing managers every year has been a fundamental part of this clubs decline.

  • Dulcinera

    Nov 4, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #19

    I know ben arfa came when Houghton was here lol but you get my point . hoots left 4 months after signing him and we saw the best of him after pardew came!

  • Brutooon

    Nov 4, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #20

    With obertan out, i dunno who will filled the right side.

    1) Gouffron – but in 2014 he didnt perform much

    2) Rolando – i know people would love him to start but i still prefer to keep him as an impact sub first

    3) Sissoko? – return to his right wing position but i still prefer him at CM

  • jimmysmith

    Nov 4, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #21

    Yeah, losing Obertan is quite remarkably a big problem potentially for us, because he as much as anyone has provided this pace on the break that Pards claims has been fundamental to the turnabout in form.

    He was up and down the flank like Milner, but with real speed. If he had James’ footballing intelligence, temperament, and final ball he’d be some player indeed, and vice versa, if Milner had that degree of pace, but even so what he did bring will be hard for us to replace, it seems to me.

    Graft is needed, but pace really is a huge asset, because it’s so hard to defend against it, no matter how technically adept you are.

  • stripes1009

    Nov 5, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #22

    Oh to have King Kevin as manager of the players we have now……wrong decision to let him go. king Kevin and Sir Bobby, the best thing that has happened in my 55 years of supporting the toon…..


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