Alan Pardew – He’s A Cracking Lad – I’m Very Proud Of Him

Alan Pardew is doing his very best, like any good manager,  to let Jak Alnwick know that he has a wonderful opportunity at Newcastle to get a new deal – and if he gets the job done in the next with games for Newcastle until Rob Elliot can return.

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Jak Alnwick being congratulated by John Carver after Chelsea game

Jak could be given a new deal at the club – and he will have earned it.

In fact Jak has suddenly become an extremely important player for Newcastle – since the next eight games are some very tough fixtures and could make or break Newcastle’s season.

The fixtures include games at Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea, and a home game against Sunderland.

What a list of games for the 21 year-old to play in.

This is what Alan Pardew has said today in his press conference:

“Robbie will be out for six to eight games so it’s a great opportunity for Jak and he’s very keen to take it.¨ “He’s had a great start and has fitted in very well. He has worked very hard in the background but never had an opportunity.¨

“I have great faith in him but he will need a lot of luck as well, particularly in that crucial position.¨ “He deserves a bit of luck because he is a cracking lad and I’m very proud of him.”

“This puts him in a great position if he plays really well in the next seven games and makes it more difficult for us when it comes to contract negotiations.¨
“That is definitely in Jak’s court.”

Jak will get a lot of attention on the training ground from the Newcastle coaches, and by mid-January the 21 year-old could become a much better goalkeeper than he is today.

And he’ll be more experienced too, having played games at the Emirates, White Hart Lane, Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge.

And it’s not stretching it too much to say that Jak’s form in the next eight games could decide whether Newcastle’s season is a good one or just mediocre.

We hope it’s the former,  and we think Jak can get the job done for his home town club.

Howay The Lads!!

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24 comments so far

  • bills-son

    Dec 11, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #1

    Jail for Ashley // Dec 11, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    You predicted last December that Ashley would prove us all wrong and leave us with egg on our faces after making some stellar signings, you disappeared for awhile after that, you also claimed that this buy low sell high was a figment of our imagination as only Carroll was sold in this manner, as the list mounts, you have come out of denial but have found justification of each of the deals, a new tact !



    The biggest mistake Ashley ever made was bringing in Kinnear and he was sacked after bolloxing up last January.

    Buy low sell high IS a figment of imagination. It assumes that is the policy for every player we buy who does well. If that is the case Krul, Santon, Tiote and Cisse to name four wouldn’t be here now and Sissoko, Jamnaat, Colback and Perez will all be sold in January or the summer.

    On Carroll, Ashley DID NOT WANT TO SELL and turned down £25M and £30M offers that Llambias, Charnley and Pardew all would have taken. It was Ashley who insisted he would only sell for £35M cash up front after Carroll told Pardew if the club wouldn’t match Liverpool’s offer of £80K a week he wanted a transfer. I know that for a fact from my agent contact.

    We held on to Cabaye for 6 months after he wanted to leave because no Prem club offered anywhere near Ashley’s price of £20M until PSG came along and paid it for a player I have always said is over rated. Cabaye going has allowed Sissoko to play in Cabaye’s position and he is far more effective and a far better team player.

    Debuchy was desperate to go after Cabaye went and we stuck Arsenal for £9M and got a better and younger player for £4M.

    I’ve criticized MA plenty for not buying earlier but he has not blessed himself with the best of negotiators in Llambias and the dastardly Kinnear. However, we have still made some inspired signings with Colback, Jamnaat and Perez being exceptional additions to the squad.

    I bet we are currently the envy of every club owner bar those at City and Chelsea who have had to spend £100M season for years to get where they are now. Man U, Spurs and Liverpool and especially have gone backwards spending huge amounts on underperforming players many of who are worth a fraction of what they paid.

    I agreed with Dulcinera that if we have a truly Champs Lge standard player playing for us it would be almost impossible to stand in his way if one of the genuinely huge clubs came waving huge wages and a huge fee. That is just the reality, it doesn’t mean MA has a cast in stone buy em low sell em high policy for every player.

    Ashley has made mistakes, but he is still IMO without any doubt the best owner we have had in the last 50 years.

  • Graeme

    Dec 11, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #2

    The keeper who couldn’t even get a loan game, Who P45DUE had no idea if he was good enough – suddenly flavour of the month!!

    If I was him, I would be using the next few weeks to see what was out there – his future wasn’t at NUFC 3 weeks ago and I wouldn’t trust the Manager as far as I could throw him. As soon as Rob or Timmy is back, he’ll be dropped like a hot stone, straight back into the reserves.

    His future, as a few weeks ago, is probably away from NUFC and good luck to him – he deserves more!!

  • Graeme

    Dec 11, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #3

    Bills – I agree with what you say, however being the best owner in 50 years, at NUFC, isn’t a great accolade to be honest lol.

  • mag92

    Dec 11, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #4

    Well said @1, but simply calling the guy “a complete pillock” would have saved you a lot of typing.

  • toon kk

    Dec 11, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #5

    Bills son
    did you think MA was the best owner we’ve ever had after Cabaye was sold with no replacement and we couldn’t buy a win the end of last season also the beginning of this one?
    He’s a business man with his own bank account at heart.

  • mag92

    Dec 11, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #6

    When Cabaye, was sold he probably expected the useless Anita, to fill the void.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 11, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #7

    You would certainly hope that Mr Pardew is bigging up Alnwick. It would look a little silly I he was saying, “he’s rubbish really but he’s all we have at the moment so we have to play him!!

  • toonking

    Dec 11, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #8

    a few question
    1.why does an owner sell carroll, ba, cabaye and loan mbiwa and not bring a single replacement that same season?

    question 2 why would an owner spend money in january rather than at the start of europa league season?

    finally why does an owner which want’s to achieve the best for newcastle invest money into rangers causing us to likely miss out on europe?

  • bills-son

    Dec 11, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #9


    Why did John Hall sell Andy Cole to Man U and not buy a replacement that season? Why did Keegan agree to it?

    On Carroll, nobody ever thought, including Ashley that Liverppol would agree to £35M cash on the last of Jan which left us with no time to sign a replacement.

    Ba and Cabaye should have been replaced but it was Kinnear’s responsibility to do that and he got sacked when he failed.

    Pardew had Collo, Willo, STaylor and Dummett who he knew could play CB so letting MBiwa go on loan who wouldn’t have played anyway was no big deal imo.

    MA will spend when the right players are available at the right price whether its the summer or January. It’s a frustrating policy at times but we don’t get lamped with a stream of has beens and expensive overpaid flops like we did in the Hall and Shepherd days.

    On Rangers, that only occurs if both of us qualify for Europe at the same time. If it does MA will have to sell one or opt for one club not to play in Europe.

    It might be the best hope that the MA slaggers have of him selling NUFC 🙂

  • LGFUAD21

    Dec 11, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #10


    I’m with you and I think people forget about the £30m turned down for AC.

    We would have been worse off if we hadnt accepted the £35m and we did try and sign a replacement in that Window but it was too late.

    We then used a good chunk of that money bringing in Demba Ba, Davide Santon, Marveaux, Obertan, Mehdi Abeid, Yohan Cabaye, Debuchy, Anita, Sissoko, Gouffran, Haidara, Cisse, Mbabu

    and probably some others.

    I dont agree with the way Ashley does it though I think he’s learning (case in pint Debuchy’s sale) but the reality is we would be in a worse state if we hadnt sold big Andy.

    Cabaye was desperate to leave and we have to accept that we cant hold on to players because we are not in Europe. We got a decent fee for him that allowed us to bring in De Jong, Colback (fees other than transfer), Riviere, Perez, Cabella.

    yes there is still money left in the kitty but thats just smart.

    I think people on here think NUFC makes a lot more profit than it does. I also think. people here will only accept an extreme one way or the other.

    For example. Let’s see how long it takes for someone to slate me for refusing to be calling for Ashleys head. I think hes doing a hell of a lot wrong but I dont think hes as far off as many on here.

    Firstly, he ISNT pocketing transfer money. He owns the club and put in a huge loan so if he wants to use it as a vehicle to advertise Sports Direct that is fine by me. Its only when that starts impacting on the club I take offence and up to this point I dont think it is negatively affecting the club to the extent many on here think it is.

    Reality is, Big Ashley would make far more money from building the club and selling it at a profit than from pasting Sports Direct over St James’.

    Building a club is harder than you think.

  • Graeme

    Dec 11, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #11

    LGFUAD21 – He didnt put in a “Huge Loan” at all. He was sold a pup, failed to do “Due Dilligence” so did not know that the oustanding debt on the Stadium had to be repaid if the club was sold.

    When the sale went through, the Mortgage Holder called in the debt. He paid it and then added the sum to NUFC instead of to himself.

    At the end of the day, he owns the club 100% – the club’s debt, is HIS debt!!

  • LGFUAD21

    Dec 11, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #12


    My answers

    1) AC – Be mad not to take the money. Sold too late for a replacement. Why keep him for the sake of finishing 10th which we would have with AC anyway. When we could sell him and finish 12th(?) and then bring in more quality in the summer which is what we did.

    Ba – Dont forget Pardew wanted to move him on because his negative influence. He stated this in an interview. Ba is a great player but also a Mercenary and we had a Cisse who was being forced out wide to come in for Ba. Why is it too ridiculous for the hierarchy to think we would be fine without Ba. That we werent was not their fault (we broke even on Ba £3.5m in sign on fees and we only netter £3.5 from his sale due to a silly clause). I think the failure to sign a striker the next summer is at Kinnears feet not Ashley et al.

    Cabaye – Wanted out in the summer. Stayed on an unwritten agreement he could leave the next time a CL club came in and the club honoured that. He wanted out bad mate.

    I think Bill-son answered for Mbiwa pretty well. Unfortunately he couldnt partner Colo and wasnt going to oust colo and with Saylor and Willo as back up he was never going to be happy about his playing time. Plus Pardew sees Dummet as a CB so maybe that factored into it.

    2) NAME ME ONE TEAM YOU HAVE SEEN BULK UP FOR A EUROPA LEAGUE CAMPAIGN. it just doesnt happen. There is no value in winning it and when we competed. had we won we wouldnt have got in CL like now. Europa league offers little incentive to go and beef up your squad. Imagine if we had dropped out of the group stages having signed 5 players. Where would that leave us?

    3) That is a mystery but by all accounts Ashley was unaware of the impact this would have on Newcastle to the point that UEFA sees it as a grey area. Which it does/did by all accounts. If you see that as an act to purposely screw NUFC you need to stop smoking what ever you are.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 11, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #13

    Who was this replacement we tried to sign, I hope you’re not on about the ridiculous last minute bid for Nzogbia, it shows how easily people are led if you honestly think that was a meaningful bid.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 11, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #14

    Still people are blaming Kinnear for transfers, he didn’t have any money to spend ffs.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 11, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #15

    Ashleys supportes love to give him credit for the five signings we made that January, if Mashers was so concerned about Kinnears lack of activity why didn’t he roll his sleeves up and get stuck in.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 11, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #16

    You say why are Tiote, Cisse and Santon still here if Mashley was so greedy, Cisse had a half a good season, Santon as you’ve pointed out many times isn’t that good and Tiote has been up for sale for two years but nobody has matched his valuation.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Dec 11, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #17

    If ever there was a time to get a victory against Arsenal at the Emirates its this weekend they have one centre back fit and he is gash !!!

    Need to get at them from the start I would go 433 with

    Cabella no 10
    Perez RW
    Sammy LW
    Cisse CF

    If Abied is fit we could go with same defence :

    Cabella RW
    Sammy Lw
    Perez CF

    With Cisse to come on later

  • bills-son

    Dec 11, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #18


    The point is MA could still have sold them all at a profit.

    But he didn’t.

    A selling club always sells their best players – Wigan were the perfect example when they were in the Prem.

    We sell our best players only if they won’t sign a new contract, they desperately want to leave or a club matches MA’s over the top valuation.

    That’s a million miles away from being a selling club ala the likes of Wigan.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 11, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #19

    ”2) NAME ME ONE TEAM YOU HAVE SEEN BULK UP FOR A EUROPA LEAGUE CAMPAIGN. it just doesnt happen. There is no value in winning it and when we competed. had we won we wouldnt have got in CL like now. Europa league offers little incentive to go and beef up your squad. Imagine if we had dropped out of the group stages having signed 5 players. Where would that leave us?”
    I can’t honestly believe I just read that, we did buy five players, five players that were an absolute necessity regardless of EL or not. Incredible that you asked if we’d bought five players and dropped out the group stages where would we have been the, I type while shaking my head in disbelief, we might not of been in the thick of a relegation battle, that’s where !!!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 11, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #20

    *five players six months later.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 11, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #21

    Where is the evidence to show that Cisse or Santon could have been sold at a profit, the only reason Tiote wasn’t is because they called Chelseas bluff and it backfired and he’s been off form ever since, and why is it players won’t sign new contracts.

  • mag92

    Dec 11, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #22

    Under Freddy Shepherd, Newcastle United, spent £92 million; won nothing and sacked five managers.

  • mag92

    Dec 11, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #23

    @19 Everton!

  • mag92

    Dec 11, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #24

    @19, Hull City and Spurs!


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