Alan Pardew Makes Significant Announcement On Newcastle

We were all sweating just a little bit when Moussa Sissoko seemed to think Yohan Cabaye had joined a bigger club than Newcastle when he joined Alan Pardew´s Crystal Palace in the summer and ended his nightmare at PSG.

But thankfully Palace is not one of the clubs that have overtaken us as a big club (whatever “big” really means).

Well that´s a big relief to be sure!

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Alan Pardew – Newcastle bigger club than Palace

We now know that´s true because Alan Pardew has said that and he should know after managing both clubs.

Alan Pardew has written this is the FourFourTwo magazine:

“Of course, coming from Newcastle, they are a bigger club than Palace, but if you compare the roster of players, I didn’t think it was much of a step down,”

“I felt I could lift the group of players here and get a lot more out of them.”

There are football clubs being big and small and football teams being good and poor.

Newcastle are a big club who at the moment have a poor team and Crystal Palace are a smaller club who have a good team – and better than Newcastle´s on the evidence of this season so far.

A big club are those that have won things in the past and have huge fan followings and usually also have the big stadiums and on those three points  Newcastle are a big club and Palace aren´t.

But it really doesn´t mean much and it´s always exciting for a club like Palace to be doing so well – and it´s also good for the game – very good for the game.

When big clubs struggle like we are at the moment along with Aston Villa as another example – it´s a very sad and frustrating time for the fans.

Aston Villa and Newcastle fans are fed up at the moment and they have every right to be.

Hopefully, Newcastle can start to turn our poor start to the season around and start  winning some games soon, otherwise there will be a growing possibility we could be a Championship club next May.

That´s what is really worrying at the moment,  especially after all the nonsense we had to go through in the second half of last season.

Newcastle are an underperforming football club and have been ever since the great Sir Bobby Robson was sacked for only finishing 5th top back in 2004.


What do you think?

Comments welcome.

53 comments so far

  • martoon

    Oct 10, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #1

    You may not like Pardew but you can’t really argue with what he says. Palaces squad probably is better than ours at the moment.
    I’m a bit concerned Dutch players not playing until Tuesday they won’t be back in training until Thursday. I’m not sure when Serbia play?

  • terencelim

    Oct 10, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #2

    ashley OUT

  • djcpfc

    Oct 10, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #3

    I can’t believe this ever started as a news story, purely ridiculous that any fan of either club question the size of either Palace or Newcastle. Sissoko was blantantly miss quoted and/or confused.
    The real story is when are Newcastle going to rediscover a playing style that is effective and start picking up points. Really feel for you guys, you’ve been a rich man’s play thing for too long now. You don’t appear to have any real leadership, or players that are going to take ownership of a situation and really little confidence to boot. The period under Carver has done very little to buoy the club, and I’m starting to think that the inevitable clear out that would happen if you where relegated would do you good. Too many overpaid under performing ball players without any obvious spademen

  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 10, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #4

    Continued mismanagement for a decade has wrecked this club. We are damaged goods and it will take a complete change of mentality all the way through the club. We are the biggest underachievers in football ever since we came runners up to Man U all those years ago.

    Will our fortunes ever change for the better.

  • Jib

    Oct 10, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #5

    Sissoko going to Milan is all over the Italian press and being reported in France Germany and Holland as well.
    He’s even been interviewed by Italian journos but has been very diplomatic “honoured and flattered by the interest but my agent handles all that yadder yadder”

  • lochinvar

    Oct 10, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #6

    Klopp wants to deliver silverware and the Premiership for Scousers at least once in next four years and to get back into Europe.
    Ashley and Co have had eight years to realise the potential of NUFC and what exactly is our aspirations now ?

  • one fine day

    Oct 10, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #7

    Had forty three years of this .
    Love to think we can see a better future but as I see it it’s nod after ash sells up .. Hopefully to an owner who actual just wants to pour money in an d enjoy seeing the biggest sleeping giant in UK football do well again (unlikely)
    Or to a comglorate who at least have the best interests of a club who let’s be honest epitomise a uk city like no other , at heart.
    Please look at Swansea / Barcelona/Dortmund to see how fans can play a part and play a hand in the clubs future.
    The potential of this club ( my club) makes man city /chelsea look like …. Well stoke( no dis respect)
    And the infectious loosing mentality
    Bring in the shearers , ginolas ferdinands Alberts and snirniceks
    Get some positively around the place and stop behaving like a championship team who simply turn up expecting to loose or pretty soon that’s what we will be

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 10, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #8

    Lochinvar, 4th last would suit me, but unless SMC shows serious improvement in next 4 games he has to go. The sooner we can get rid of fraudsters like Sissoko the better, assuming Carr doesnt have some frail Frenchie that he has scouted for 4 years ( nice expenses bill mate and plenty of nice red wine ) ready to come in.

  • beermonkey

    Oct 10, 2015 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #9


    I will agree with most that sissoko needs a kick up the arse on the pitch

    where the press is concerned is he turning into a pantomime villain for the fans
    I noticed the other day ed did an article which quoted sissoko say he want champs league etc etc
    the questons are never printed and most of the other stuff he said was left out

    perez is our hero at the mo and he does an interview all questions and answers printed so nothing can be misunderstood

    I am petty sure most of what he says is taken out of context

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 10, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #10

    The key issue of the day for me in Allardyce. We can safely say now that Sunderland, whom we had odds on for the drop, are now going to be safe. Not only that but their football might be ok – West Ham were ok to watch last year. But the real issue now, is who is going to be below us. Its crazy to say this in October, but if SMC isnt the man ( ie if we have seen all we are going to see, allowing for weaker games soon) but Sams appointment may damage us for a few years to come. The Makems are safe. Try and enjoy your breakfast now chaps !!

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 10, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #11

    On, I’ve just been unwell. Bleeurgh

  • lesh

    Oct 10, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #12

    Pardew’s comments are fair and are a missive indictment of our transfer policy, scouting and lack of ambition beyond the balance sheet.

    Ashley should take note of Pardew’s comments – a helluva criticism from a once-trusted ally of his.

  • lesh

    Oct 10, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #13

    * missive = massive.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 10, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #14

    I think you’re a closet Ashleyite along with Jesper and Rotonda only to willing to point the finger at anyone but the fat man himself.

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 10, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #15

    Jail, is Rotunda an Ash fan?s that got to do with my posts?

  • Jib

    Oct 10, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #16

    Quite right
    If a journo says “hey Moussa would you like to play in CL ?”
    He’s hardly likely to say “Naw I divvent fancy it mate”
    Then said journo prints headline “Sissoko really wants CL footy”

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 10, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #17

    There are a certain few bloggers that think because the fat man spent a few quid he is free from blame, a new scout would only have to follow orders and a new coach would have to agree to those ridiculous terms and conditions!

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 10, 2015 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #18

    Jail, yes, i love the big round guy. He’s the best owner we have ever had ( Copyright Billson 3 years ago ) . And Chlamydia is better than Herpes.

  • Jib

    Oct 10, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #19

    hardly a massive indictment you hyperbolic little scamp you.

    Pardew is kinda right – however :-

    We currently have 7 out injured and a few promising youg’uns out on loan.

    We’ll see how CP get on when the winter mud and clarts take their toll.

    Pardew had to get on his knees and beg Dwight Gayle not to leave.

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 10, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #20

    Jail, you may be mistaking me. I never felt he was free of blame, but was pleased with the 50 mill and think more is coming. I am getting worried about SMC, but also think Carr is waaay overrated and have been saying same for ages. The club has improved communications too. So things are better than say when the stadium renaming was going on. Mind you, plenty here supported that move for commercioal reasons, the numpties.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 10, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #21

    Things have improved ? What, because someone writes an e mail every now and then, probably the same person who wrote JfKs programme notes

  • lesh

    Oct 10, 2015 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #22


    For all Ashley’s said he’s left the day-to-day running of the Club to the so-called Football Board, let’s not lose sight of comments made by Keith Hellawell, Chairman of SD.

    Didn’t he say that Ashley and a few of his cronies ran SD, sometimes ignoring the company’s board?

    So, maybe he’s hands-off the football, but he’ll be very hands-on the finances!

  • Jib

    Oct 10, 2015 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #23

    Keith Hellawell, Chairman of SD said that Ashley and a few of his cronies ran SD , sometimes ignoring the company’s board?


    No he didn’t

    Complete made up bollix

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 10, 2015 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #24

    I don’t dislike Ashley, I’d like to see him succeed at Newcastle, but I do think he has consistently failed to get sufficient quality in to the club. He’d doubtless argue that the staff we have is the staff we can afford, and I don’t blame him for not putting his own money in. That’s his prerogative, but he certainly hasn’t succeeded in finding ways to bring us success on the pitch, and really, if he can’t achieve that, in the next 2 to 3 seasons, the fans surely should have seen enough to rise up and force him out. Otherwise, what’s the point?

  • BandB

    Oct 10, 2015 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #25

    This is what Hellawell said.

    That Ashley and a few trusted allies made critical decisions they did not inform the board about.

    Or you can believe what under-reheased Ashley shill Jib said.

  • Jib

    Oct 10, 2015 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #26

    I prefer trusted colleagues to cronies.

    Shill ? oh dear (it’s just a football blog Beatrice calm down)

    To date SD has paid £1,500,000,000,000 into the UK treasury in tax , provides 27,000 with a job , and , in the Summer paid 2,000 managerial staff £77,000 each in shares.

  • BandB

    Oct 10, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #27

    It doesn’t mean Lesh point was “completely made up bollix” does it though?
    Wriggle away, you chump.

  • Jib

    Oct 10, 2015 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #28

    What the Guardian failed to mention (quelle surprise) was that the rogue director was Dave Forsey not Ashley , who said he didn’t want UTS to go under.

  • jasper

    Oct 10, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #29

    Too many 000’s there……
    Out by three orders of magnitude at least, possilly more.

  • Jib

    Oct 10, 2015 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #30

    So yes it was made up bollix

  • BandB

    Oct 10, 2015 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #31

    What the Guardian is doing is reporting on the evidence given by Hellawell to a parliamentary committee on a particularly day.
    Forsey is Ashley’s most trusted lieutenant. No-one but you is suggesting he is a rogue director.
    Or is this just another case of poor old Ashers being cursed in his choice of employees?
    Yeah, that’ll be it.

  • BandB

    Oct 10, 2015 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #32


    What the Guardian is doing is reporting on the evidence given by Hellawell to a parliamentary committee on a particularly day.
    Forsey is Ashley’s most trusted lieutenant. No-one but you is suggesting he is a rogue director.
    Or is this just another case of poor old Ashers being cursed in his choice of employees?
    Yeah, that’ll be it.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 10, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #33

    They also failed to mention that Ashley was an ‘orrible cnut !

  • lesh

    Oct 10, 2015 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #34


    For once (?) in your life you’re wrong about the Hellawell/ Ashley / Forsey connections at SD.

    It’s reported today that Forsey is to face criminal proceedings over the way he handled the USC warehouse closure.

    And it goes on to say that ‘The investigation into the conduct of the [SD] directors is ongoing’ MA’s a director of SD.

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 10, 2015 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #35

    Jail yes communication has doubt about that.

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 10, 2015 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #36

    takes breath….
    wipes tears of laughter from eyes..

    Jib Jibberish (the bog pest and part-time multiple) you have come out with another corker this morning:-
    “I prefer trusted colleagues to cronies”.

    Do you mean trusted colleagues like Ian Toon and the fool from the Valleys. Your blog triple tag team – a trio of tools.
    Comedy gold – you cannot make this stuff up.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 10, 2015 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #37

    I was one of the firm believers that we couldn’t have done worse than Pardew after all his unwanted records and dire football, the club have spectacularly proved me wrong, It has now been shown that you can’t actually attract a better manager than Pardew due to the terms and conditions that a ‘head coach’ has to agree to, Macca turned us down twice in the desperate hope that he could keep his job at Derby, it beggars belief that we sat and waited for him to fail before gaining his services.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 10, 2015 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #38

    So have WONGA

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 10, 2015 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #39

    Oh I see, shite defect are now the cornerstone of Britain and singlehandedly keep the country afloat.

    OK numbnuts.

  • the broons

    Oct 10, 2015 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #40

    Cue Newcastle fans saying “shut up Pardew”. Doesn’t matter what this man says Newcastle fans will still turn against him.

    And also we are becoming as laughable as Liverpool for how fickle our fans are…. Everybody loved Colback 12 months ago, now he’s our worst player.

    The most extreme case is Mitrovic. Everyone calling for his head after sending off against Arsenal but then suddenly turns into our savior once more.

    And I don’t particularly mean fans on here but just in general. Now I am seeing get Mcclaren out plastered everywhere, first of all it isn’t Ashley’s way of thinking so the wishers out there can forget about it. Second of all, the only way is up and i know that is the most obvious statement but once Coloccini and co stop being such cowards then we will start to win games.


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