Why Would He Go To Palace – Newcastle Are A Fantastic Club


Gary Neville was asked about the rampant rumors going around since yesterday afternoon,  linking Alan Pardew with the vacant Crystal Palace job – and he tweeted this.

“Why would he go to Palace? Newcastle are a fantastic club.”

alan  pardew last night stoke 1-0

Alan Pardew in the bad times – after losing 1-0 to Stoke in late September

That seems to be some of the conventional thinking that Alan Pardew would hardly leave Newcastle with their 52,000 home crowds and join Palace,  with Crystal Palace being a much smaller club with a capacity of just over 26,000 at Selhurst Park.

But there are other things in life than big money and status (and stress) – and maybe Alan wants to move to a club where he will be a lot more appreciated than he’s ever been at Newcastle, even though it will mean a big reduction in his wages.

Newcastle have never ever been an easy club to manage, and the fans have huge  expectations for the club – and want Newcastle to be a top four club again and in Europe every season – although that’s not what Mike Ashley’s aspirations are for the club.

If Alan Pardew does leave – he will  have seen the giddy heights as well as the terrible lows at Newcastle.

In Alan Pardew’s reign at Newcastle we have beaten Liverpool at home three times, Chelsea at home three times and once at Stamford Bridge,  and we have beaten Manchester United at home and at Old Trafford last season, for the first time since 1972.

And we have beaten Manchester City for the first time ever at the Etihad Stadium.

We won six league games in a row in 2012 and this season we won six games in a row in all competitions – including five in the league.

We finished 5th in 2012 the first time we had finished in the top five since the revered Sir Bobby Robson left the club in 2004, and we reached the quarter finals of the Europa League in 2013, when we were eliminated by the beaten finalists Benfica.

But there have been terrible lows and in 2013 we fought against relegation and of course Alan’s Sunderland record is the worst of any Newcastle manager ever having won one game in eight and lost the last four derby games – the first time that has ever happened.

And our Cup record has not been good either.

And on March 1st this year Alan Pardew was banned for several games after head-butting Hull City player David Meyler, and that brought negative news to Newcastle United around the world, and he was fined £100K by Newcastle and warned as to his future conduct.

Alan has also had other scrapes on the touchline – which we’ll not go into.

So it’s been feast or famine with Alan – and maybe he is leaving now because it will be on his own terms, after surviving strong calls from the fans for his sacking during the second half of last season and at the beginning of this season.

We should know in a day or two what the outcome of all of this is – but Newcastle are unhappy with this news dominating the headlines, after we had such a great 3-2 win yesterday over Everton.

Beating Burnley on Thursday afternoon is the next immediate goal, and if we can do that we’ll have 29 points from the first 20 league games, just 4 points less than last season at this time.

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629 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 29, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #1

    That’s half the amount of people shouting abuse at him Ed 🙂

    Under normal circumstancs, this thinking would be correct. Why would someone accept a lower level job, but these are far from normal circumstances.

    I’m not sure anyone can add anything too inciteful to this debate, other than with word from Pardew, Ashley or Parish (PAP).

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  • cyprus

    Dec 29, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #2

    About that 6m compensation. Wasn’t MA supposedly worried about paying it? To AP? Now he wants it himself? I think he would be willing to waive it.

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 29, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Come on Gary come manage us

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  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 29, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #4

    WWGND…Probably not join Newcastle 🙂

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 29, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #5

    Calm before the storm I reckon!

    and I agree with Catchy in previous threads about MA bringing in a better manager like Grenier or better still FDB.

    MA will want to sell our club soon with Rangers pushing up and having a good manager at Newcastle will bring more pundits to buy Newcastle.

    MA maybe a tight ass but he’s an exceptional businessmen and knows what he’s doing.

    so for those thinking that Pulis, Sherwood and JFK ( which Iv’e stated many times this will never happen again due to his pace maker ) will be the next Newcastle it simply won’t happen unless MA is willing to take a massive loss when selling Newcastle.

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 29, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #6

    Ibiza
    U make my spirit cry

    Come on though if he was to replace Pardew (if buts candy and nuts) I’d be pretty happy decent gamble

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 29, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #7

    cyprus

    that was only if MA sacked Pardew then Pardew would get the compensation, but if another club comes for him MA will receive the compensation.

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  • cyprus

    Dec 29, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #8

    MA selling? To whom? With what money? Forget that. Unlike 2 million a year managers, of which there are plenty, there aren’t many people around with a loose 500 million

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Dec 29, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #9

    Pardew could just resign. No compensation then.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 29, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #10

    i hope this story don’t drag on and on, it’s already doing my swede in.

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 29, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #11

    Regardless of manager NUFC would be an attractive purchase dependent on price, long as we are in the PL Ashley is making money

    When we are bought the new owners will likely replace whatever manager we have in anyway

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 29, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #12

    cyprus

    you’ll be surprise how many billionaires are out there, and don’t forget the Man City owners wanted to buy us until MA got greedy and no one have never heard of them before they bought MC

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  • Pottsclock

    Dec 29, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #13

    I actually think if Pardew believes he has taken the team as far as he can – either through his own limitations or other constraints such as lack of funds – then why would he not leave for a new challenge? If he looks ahead and can only see the same scenario next season and beyond, then he may well decide to do something new. Surely he does not need the money and it all really depends on what motivates him.

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  • Go toon gooooo

    Dec 29, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #14

    Sunderland would be relegated this year so Alan would not face them again to break another record and he is ready to stay here for the next 10 years.Average manager.Di Matteo was available but not any more.All other options at the moment are unproven or possess lack of football knowledge.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 29, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #15

    Feat or famine is spot on, that’s what’s so frustrating about Pards. Yeah we’ve had some food wins but I am so glad I never spent money on a st these last two seasons because for the life of.me, even when we’ve won by a few goals I can’t remember thinking we truly bossed a game.

    I miss when we used to play good footy around the park, the best we can muster is surprise counter attack, and sporadic spells of pressure.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 29, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #16

    Yo…I’d say a very decent gamble. Seems to know his stuff and clearly thinks we’re a “fantastic club” 🙂

    Perhaps a little too outspoken for Ashley though.

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  • Jack_Shit

    Dec 29, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #17

    ‘even though it will mean a big reduction in his wages.’
    Really? There are championship clubs who’s managers are on a bigger salary than AP. I’m no great fan of the man, some days its seems like he thinks tactics are a kind of mint… But hey, who are you seriously gonna get in who will walk the tightrope he has in operating within the restraints posed by the fat controller? Until we are rid of Ashley, I’m happy for AP to stay. At least he has the dressing room. Careful what you wish for…. Would anyone really swap AP for JFK????

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 29, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #18

    If it comes to pass, I think it would be Beardsley until end of the season.

    After that it’s anyone’s guess, it would make sense to get FDB with our intention of bringing youth through.

    I’ve spoke to a few mates who are convinced he’ll go to Palace, I’m not so sure but I’ll happily take Beardsley until summer with FDB coming in.

    Nice to dream a bit.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 29, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #19

    WWSBRD@11

    not really, if just say FDB was at Newcastle and then new owners bought Newcastle from MA I’ll doubt they will let FDB go just so they can pick there own manager.

    every proper football chairmen knows that fans must be put first

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 29, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #20

    optimistic prime

    FDB as manager, Beardo as Assistant manager?

    that would be perfect 🙂

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 29, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #21

    Ibiza
    Him with Barton assistant manager haha best duo we could hope for I reckon we would have a lot more fun

    Actually think they would do a pretty good job as well

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  • toon kk

    Dec 29, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #22

    I think everyone is getting carried away here, MA doesn’t want to sell Newcastle yet, why would Pardew go to a smaller club?
    Pardews biggest problem is he can’t take our club any further due to MA financial restrictments, we’re a money making regime that all. So that’s the only reason any manager would want to leave but pards signed up.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #23

    Feast or famine, food wins, see what he done there !

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Dec 29, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #24

    Sources have told ESPN that Pardew is ready to take charge at Palace.
    ———————-

    i still don’t believe he’ll leave.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #25

    See the way Pardew celebrates a rare goal, doesn’t look like genuine happiness for the team but a defiant fist in the air like it’s all about him, “how dare you ever doubt me, look I’ve scored a goal !”

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 29, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #26

    toon kk

    if Pardew was giving 500 million to spend he still wouldn’t be any better at coaching, give him all the best players around the world and he would still have Newcastle mid table

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  • Graeme

    Dec 29, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #27

    How about the idea that this would be a great deal for FCB.

    Instead of having to pay P45DUE compo to leave, FCB will actually receive money from the deal – which, to be honest, is right up his street!! The timing could be perfect for Ashley as it could fund a new manager and maybe a player, that he doesn’t have to lol.

    The main concern is obviously “Who is the Replacement?” If we got DeBoer or a top continental coach like Saints – brilliant. If we end up with Pullis, or similar – not so good!!

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 29, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #28

    Black and white
    Anyone who buys a club plans what to do with it after, normally does plenty of research and upon completion implements their changes

    We could have the best manager in the world and if they dont fit with how new owners saw their plans they would be replaced with who did

    Would be no different with us

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  • toonbrother

    Dec 29, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #29

    He needs to leave.
    The fans will never love or accept him
    He is not good enough for the club.
    He never was
    Go to Palace Pardew
    Do it now.

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 29, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #30

    Well FDB says he wont leave Ajax this season and has had no contact regarding this

    Scratch that name off the list

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 29, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #31

    ilovetoon8788

    same here, I don’t honestly think AP will go to Palace but these days football is crazy I mean look at Moyes at Man U lol it’s just crazy

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 29, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #32

    WWSBRD

    mid season he won’t leave but at the end of the season could be a different story.

    Graeme

    Here Here

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  • JamesToon

    Dec 29, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #33

    black & white army lol 19

    Wait wait wait, beardo first team coach, BERGKAMP assistant manager 😀

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 29, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #34

    Black and White
    End of the season we could be in the championship mate

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  • toon kk

    Dec 29, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #35

    Black and White
    how do you know that? I agree we could do much better than Pards but I think you’re forgetting MA owns the club and managers have to work with a budget squad more suitable to the championship, apart from a few individuals.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #36

    A stand in manager would have to secure another four wins and five draws.

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 29, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #37

    JfA
    Nothing to say Pardew would accumulate that record in the remaining games either tbf

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 29, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #38

    JamesToon

    now that would be awesome 😉

    WWSBRD

    very much doubt it with LC, Burnley, Hull, Palace, WBA and QPR battling to get further up.

    toon kk

    because of Pardew’s football style, if transfers were left up to him our smallest player would be 6 foot 5, AP has only 1 game plan and everyone knows what it is and it ain’t successful either

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 29, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #39

    Hello Moyesy! Ha ha don’t worry, why on earth would Pards go from a cushy unsackable nufc job to high manager turnover Palace?

    If he did that he would go down a whole point in my estimation.that would put him at -1 point.

    🙂

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 29, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #40

    Newcastle may have a tight budget but we have actual good players if only AP knew has to utilize this.

    I mean Dummet over Haidara? Gouffran over Cabella?

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