Alan Pardew – They’re Close To My Heart


In the six games that Alan Pardew has been in charge of Crystal Palace since he left Newcastle he has won five games and lost only one.

alan pardew john carver winning at spurs

Alan Pardew and John Carver in better times
The 2-1 win at White Hart Lane


And since Alan left after the 3-2 win at home to Everton, John Carver has only one of the six game he’s been in charge and lost three.

So they are certainly differing records, that for sure, and we are just hoping that we don;t lose at Selhurst Park on Wednesday night.

Here’s what Alan said about the game today:

“I’ve still got all my staff there and my players, and they’re close to my heart,” “It will be strange because after four years of living every part of that football club and that city it is kind of emotional, so it will be a slightly different game for me.”

“I am not expecting or hoping for any reaction from the fans. We had some great times together. It was not so great the last year, but on the whole my experience there was great.”

“I thought I did a good job and I can walk out there with my head held high.”

Newcastle are now in 11th place on 31 points, and Crystal Palace are 13th with 26 points, so a Palace win could bring them closer to Newcastle in the league table.

In the league games we’ve played since Alan’s last game in charge against Everton, Newcastle have 5 points from 5 games, and Palace have 10 points from five games – so Palace have gained 5 points on Newcastle in the last five league games.

Let’s hope we can cut that difference to 2 points on Wednesday night.

The 0-0 draw at Villa on New Year’s Day had caretaker manager Keith Millen in charge of Palace.

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39 comments so far

  • Brutooon

    Feb 8, 2015 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #1

    Bring back ALAN PARDEW !!!!

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  • Thump

    Feb 9, 2015 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #2

    @Brutooon: With John Carver as his assistant? I think you’re on to something there, mate!

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  • Toonacious T

    Feb 9, 2015 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #3

    Hate to admit but they will probably take points off us. We are sh!te.

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 9, 2015 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #4

    I think carver went to save, and that cost us 3 points

    I like anita , but I think mendi has more to his game and should have started

    Willo is a total donkey, he should never play for us again, shocking

    obertan, why do we still give him any game time? what a waste

    on the flip side,

    colo had a very good game, close to keeping the ball out for there goal

    cabella , I think is getting better

    really pleased for Sammy, got tired in the 2nd half, but a good show

    janmaat was poor today also

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  • Thump

    Feb 9, 2015 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #5

    @catchy: Colo was very unlucky with the goal, though you’d probably have to give credit to the header. It looped at such an angle that Colo was always going to get caught under it.

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  • Newcastleforlife

    Feb 9, 2015 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #6

    This is how i see squads wise in epl

    Chelsea and man city on same level
    Manutd, arsenal on same level after them
    liverpool and tottenham on same level after them
    southampton,everton(roberto martinez is destroying them),swansea,west ham, stoke and newcastle on level after them
    rest are relegation contenders….

    for newcastle to have a crack at top 6 again, it will require :

    a new owner or a good manger who gets best out of players and scouting that identifies good players in all positions or academy start to produce players in all positions

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Feb 9, 2015 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #7

    “I am not expecting or hoping for any reaction from the fans”
    Hhmm, still deluded then Pards? I think it would be awesome if when he walked out there was just total silence. Classy, nothing to say. Not much hope of that though eh?

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  • one fine day

    Feb 9, 2015 at 2:44 AM

    Comment #8

    This game is so set up for the media to have another field day at our expense.
    Think i’d 3 points here over getting a result at the mackums … oh well maybe not that much but its close second .
    There you go Ed there’s a pole for you choose a )win over pards or b)3 points at the village of the damned

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  • JDdubai

    Feb 9, 2015 at 3:43 AM

    Comment #9

    Well what to make of that performance then?

    Should have finished it off beforer Crouch scored, Obertan’s brain failed its fitness test.

    He gets 1 game allowance as first game back but he can go 1 of 2 ways, either back to the useless muppet we had for the first 2 years or show that his 4 or 5 performances before his injury werent a fluke. Hope its the latter but wouldnt put money on it.

    sammy looks the most knackered guy iv ever seen, really didnt contirbute, dont remember him running past his man, think he should be dropped for next game for Cisse and move Perez wide.

    Still something isnt there, same issue than with Pardew, there seems to be a lack of cohesion and fluidity when we play, everything stop-start and doesnt look natural.

    Think JC is not going to be the answer.

    anyway not looking forward to Palace, all set up for defeat and the press to line up with their mocking.

    Id go with the below next game:

    Krul
    Janmaat-Colo-Dummett-Haidara
    Abeid-Colback
    Cabella-Sissoko-Perez
    Cisse

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  • JAMSHA(CARVER SLAYER)

    Feb 9, 2015 at 4:13 AM

    Comment #10

    2-0 palace

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 9, 2015 at 4:22 AM

    Comment #11

    it’s not fair really,

    P45 will be in charvers head all week, picking the team for him,

    sad but true

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  • JDdubai

    Feb 9, 2015 at 4:55 AM

    Comment #12

    Think Carver will be under more pressure than Pardew for the game, he needs to show he is better than what we had before – if we lose then his chance has gone for the job.

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  • swemag

    Feb 9, 2015 at 5:16 AM

    Comment #13

    Our fixtures after this one looks pretty bad. Relegation? We still have City, Arsenal, Man U, L-pool and Tottenham to play.

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  • one fine day

    Feb 9, 2015 at 5:50 AM

    Comment #14

    jd dubai,
    To be fair i think a lot of the stop start lack of cohesion had a lot to do with how stoke /mark huges set out there stall.
    Stoke are never pretty to watch ,awful awful team.
    It is strange that since pardue has left we see cabella emerge yet sissoko seems lost and dosent seem sure of exactly what his role is.
    If he is playing for a move then currently his form would suggest wenger will be looking elsewhere.
    to be fair to sammi he was clattered early on and after that seemed to go into his shell.
    We heard that de jong was fit again around the same time as obetan yet he wasnt on the bench … why?
    Even short of match practice he would have been a sensible choice to bring on for the last 10 to calm things down.
    Wednesday night will be difficult viewing .. we all know the script..
    again the season is effectively over in January and without change of owner/real planning goals we firmly in groundhog day mode.
    Perez is yearning for a big target man up front with him horrible thought but he would prob play better alongside shola rather than cisse or chasing around solo in a formation that dosent work
    433 for me we seem more comfortable and id have abeid in for anita. i,d have Aaron’s in there too but pards made sure he wont be available.
    heart says 1.1 head is saying 3.1

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  • cyprus

    Feb 9, 2015 at 5:55 AM

    Comment #15

    We should have bought that speed merchant Zaha when nobody wanted him. He will score vs us. But we’ll probably share the points.

    Really hope we win. To punish AP for all those boring games and embarassments!

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  • Reyantoon

    Feb 9, 2015 at 5:56 AM

    Comment #16

    No body to blame for the 2pts dropped yesterday but ourselves.How come we miss big chances like that? krul should have move out from his goal and should have catched that long high cross from the right before it reach crouch head.He looked good in the game but his goal kicks and quick ball distribution was awful yesterday. we should have won it by 3-0 ,we rarely troubled. But overall, it was dull game and we were not brilliant or classy but were the better side.Nobody show exceptional performance but haidara looked confident and improving from game to game.But again to miss that kind of big chances is unacceptable.
    That is very difficult to take.Next at palace will be tough.A defeat will make matters worse and unsettle the players but if we score first, we will have a chance..

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 9, 2015 at 6:17 AM

    Comment #17

    I didn’t think it was as poor as people are making out. We were very comfortable for the majority of the match, the goal and the header from Diouf at the end of the first half were there only real chances – great save from Krul for that.

    Colo was solid, and looked a totally different player from the one against Hull last week. Haidara had a decent game, Janmaat was okay, but I still have concerns on him defensively. Willo was standard Willo, a trier, but not someone that should be playing at this level.

    Colback should have been off before he scored, and had one of his poorer games. Anita covered the gaps very well, but offered very little other than his usual neat and tidy self. Sammy had a couple of good moments, some nice through balls, and a couple of good balls down the line, but ran out of steam. Sissoko was underwhelming. A couple of decent runs, and a very good ball in to Cabella at one stage, but little of substance. Poor ball through to Obertan as well, which he held up his hand and apologised for immediately. Good awareness, to get back up and drop it off for Colback’s goal though. Cabella again looked promising. We need to eek that little bit more out of him in terms of end product though. Too many tricks for the sake of doing a trick as well at times.

    Perez had a tough day, again too many balls hit long to him, and when we played him into the channels he looked up to see very little support. A calmer head would have put us 2 up, but that will come with experience.

    Cisse did little after coming on, Ober was classic Ober, lacks confidence and ability to put a good ball in or have a pop. Abeid did little when on, but he came on at a difficult time.

    Disappointing to concede late on, but we could and should have killed it off by then. At least Carver is talking about a need to cut these errors out and assess why, rather than the standard we were unlucky at the end.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 9, 2015 at 6:19 AM

    Comment #18

    As for Palace on Wednesday, I am not overly worried there. They were battered by Leicester, who missed plenty of good chances. Palace nicked it from a corner, but if we get similar chances I’d bank on Cisse, Perez, Cabella or potentially SDJ tucking them away.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 9, 2015 at 6:48 AM

    Comment #19

    Cyprus…I think Zaha will turn out like Ravel Morrison.

    …SAF usually gets it right! and if that will not do it, then wait til AP has a crack at him 😀 lol

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 9, 2015 at 6:52 AM

    Comment #20

    Lilongwe…granted I did miss parts if the game, but overall I did think that was a poor team effort…

    …personally I don’t expect a team like Stoke to be dominant at SJP! But if luck was on our side we would have been saved by Cisse once again!

    …but Krul probably got a bit carried away there!

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 9, 2015 at 6:56 AM

    Comment #21

    …why do I keep thinking Cisse scored that goal (most be force of habit)

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 9, 2015 at 6:57 AM

    Comment #22

    Manx…are you about or is it safe to write about you? 😉 lol

    …nah! Wouldn’t want to keep the blog hostage for another whole day!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 9, 2015 at 6:59 AM

    Comment #23

    Jesper,
    I don’t think Stoke were dominant. They had more of possession but did very little with it. We created better openings, and had the better of the chances. We looked more incisive in possession and assured at the back for the most part.

    I’d say that the midfield were the biggest let down, and that was the only place we weren’t the better side. Sissoko was anonymous for large parts, with N’Zonzi demonstrating what a player of Sissoko’s size and ability should be doing. Colback huffed and puffed, but put in one of his poorest games to date. Anita was neat and tidy, covered the full backs well, but did little with the ball.

    The other disappointing aspect was the way we sat back last 5/10 minutes and allowed them to come at us, and pile pressure on.

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  • cyprus

    Feb 9, 2015 at 7:01 AM

    Comment #24

    Jesper,
    It wasn’t Cisse who scored mate 🙂

    It was Colback who had his usual battling game. I agree with Lil’s overall assessment, only disagree in his evaluation of Colback and Sissoko. They shrugged off the Stoke bullies and totally dominated the MF. In fact, there really was only one team on the field playing football and that was us. We should’ve could’ve won this, easy.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 9, 2015 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #25

    Lilongwe…when you play on the counter you are bound to get those chances…but Stoke’s goalie could have stayed home last night.

    …we were at SJP not the Britannia (weren’t we?)

    I think sometimes the best way forward is excepting it was a poor effort. There were some individual highpoints though (with no end product)

    I am still mystified about Obertan…clearly he’s on a different level than the rest 🙂

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 9, 2015 at 7:10 AM

    Comment #26

    Cyprus,
    We were the only side playing football, fully agree, but I think Stoke ran controlled the midfield fairly comfortably. Our main threat came from getting the ball to Sammi and Cabella, not from any of the midfield 3. Everyone has an off day, and I fell that for Sissoko and Colback it was yesterday. Still, we all see it differently.

    I have been surprised by the negativity following the game, although having said that the emotions are always extremes in the immediate aftermath. We were poorer against Hull in my opinion, but because we won it is overlooked.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 9, 2015 at 7:13 AM

    Comment #27

    Jesper,
    We didn’t really play on the counter though until the end. We played some good football in patches. The other team is always going to have possession, but they did virtually nothing with it. When we had the ball we looked likely to carve out opportunities.

    As for Ober, he improved marginally for a handful of games, and all of a sudden people are expecting great things. It is baffling to me that people think that. He has pace and……….. His football intelligence is lacking, his crossing is poor, and he doesn’t have many tricks to actually beat a man.

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  • ToonMatt

    Feb 9, 2015 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #28

    After everything that has happened the last month, No signings, No manager, More lies etc nearly 48,000 turn up? That there is the main problem and it is the reason Ashley is still here, He will never leave.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 9, 2015 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #29

    Cyprus…I don’t know why I keep thinking that 🙂

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 9, 2015 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #30

    ToonMatt,
    Nope, the supporters are not the main problem in the slightest. They are most definitely not the reason Ashley is still here either.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 9, 2015 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #31

    Lilongwe…I did miss parts of the first half!

    About Obertoon, one would be inclined to believe that he at least was PL level 😉

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  • cyprus

    Feb 9, 2015 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #32

    On TV, Carver was heard shouting to Ober, ‘take him on’ or something like that, at one moment because beyond that defender there was only daylight. He didn’t. Really doubt this player’s abilities, though he was hailed as a future superstar at one time… he cost us the game in his ‘switch-off’ moment.

    Why were people so negative yesterday? Probably because of the manner and time of the goal. If you were hearing the same commentators I were, they said that we shaded it and should’ve won. Though King Kev and the rest said Colback should’ve been off, correctly. The thing is, the first yellow was a soft one so our Friend (ref) wanted to balance it.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 9, 2015 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #33

    To take something from what ToonMatt says we are accountable for what goes on at our club…I do think we have a problem accepting that!

    …we want it all – be able to go to affordable games, be able to bitch and moan and watch from a distance what the Rangers fan base do

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  • cyprus

    Feb 9, 2015 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #34

    I get the negativity on MA, but it’s getting a bit (ok a lot) extreme here as he gets blamed for everything, and we’re working ourselves into a frenzy.

    For instance, I’ll blame MA for the loss: he employs Carr and employed AP, who recommended a player like Ober, who is crap and that is what we hire because they are cheap. MA out!

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 9, 2015 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #35

    Calmed down a bit from yesterday – still thought we were poor yet should of won.
    My biggest moan is playing 1 up front and Krul hoofing the ball up to him from every goal kick, pass back.
    Do players not learn to come short for a pass and build from the back.
    And
    Our movement off the ball is the poorest in the premiership – to many players standing still when one of their teammates has the ball – so it ends up going back to Krul or is hoofed long.

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  • firebug666

    Feb 9, 2015 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #36

    How low can we go under Ashley?

    Well Palace are favorites for the game on Wed; says it all really.

    Stoke were poor yesterday, so what does that say about us?

    We were the home team, but never look like it, there were a couple of positives in attack, but we should have taken our chances. The whole set-up was wrong, and (waste of a place) Sammy, Williamson and Colback were all poor, more so than usual, and because of it we looked disjointed throughout the game.

    Sissoko out of position did very little, and so we had no fluidity between the midfield and attack.

    Hoofball against a team like Stoke is playing into their hand, and that’s the only thing we did right (play into their hands).

    We should have been closing them down and pressing more, instead we sat back letting them have the ball and gain confidence.

    Another poor performance, and I’m still yet to see why Carver should get the job. The blame should lie squarely on his shoulders.

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  • martoon

    Feb 9, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #37

    It wasn’t the greatest game but I actually though we matched Stoke quite well – although they had more possession they didn’t have that many chances and we had more clear cut chances. We should have been out of sight by the time they scored – I thought the poster blaming Krul was harsh – it was an excellent looping header (Harry Kane like 🙂 ) over the keeper. Although disappointing it was probably a fair result.
    I really detest Mark Hughes – he is like a playground bully – quite happy for his team to dish it out and oblivious to the all the fouls his team did especially Ireland but 2 fouls from Coback and he is crying about the referee!

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  • ToonMatt

    Feb 9, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #38

    Lilongwe Geordie, Trust me if say 10,000 turned up yesterday the negativity it would have caused within the press would be huge and Ashley does not like that, He would also lose money and being that the only reason he bought the club was to make money he wouldn’t like that either, I’m not disrespecting anyone for going I’m just telling it like it is.

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  • usmagpie

    Feb 9, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #39

    #$%#/ #$@%/ #$%@/ $%#@/ $%#@/ $%#@/ BLEEP.
    So sorry but honestly if Carves wants to be the manager of our club he has to do things different. He is like Pardew’s robot, same team same shi# formation same everything. I’m sorry but watching Anita and Willo run around not having a clue what was going on made me hope and pray to god that we held on yesterday. And here’s the biggest stupidest thing that I still don’t understand, why when crouch came on yesterday, Willo being the tallest defender we have was not man marking him the whole time. I don’t like him as a player I never did yes he has had some good games but he has way more bad ones. The manager / players / captain / fan / media and even the lady that makes the tea at half time knew that he should be man marking crouch apart from him. Sorry with Willo and Anita playing I feel that Newcastle games are always going to be a coin toss even if we are winning.

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