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Alan Pardew – We Always Knew He Was A Special Player

9:45 pm, Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 64 Comments

Alan Pardew has said on ESPN that as soon as Ayoze Perez arrived on Tyneside from Tenerife a year last June Newcastle coaches immediately realized he was special.

And while he was signed for the Development squad he went straight into the first team and last season – his first at the club – he played 39 times and scored 7 goals.

Ayoze has only just lost his starting position at Newcastle and he was unlucky that happened –  but in 12 games this season he has three goals and  is continuing to improve.

ayoze perez scores at home the chelsea

Ayoze Perez – a great signing for Newcastle

Perez at first found it physically tough in the Premier League, but he beefed himself up fairly quickly and he hasn’t had much trouble since with the very physical play in the English Premier League.

Former Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has talked to ESPN about the 22 year-old:

“He has a special quality that you don’t see in too many players and everyone at Newcastle could see that as soon as he arrived at the club.”

“We asked him to adapt to the pace of the Premier League very quickly as soon as he arrived at Newcastle and that wasn’t easy for him at the start.”

“He needed some time to appreciate what was needed in this league, but technique wise, he is top class.”

“He has improved in the Premier League now and that is good to see. We always knew there was a special player in there and I’m not surprised to see him doing well.”

Ayoze scored Newcastle’s goal of the season last year when he brilliantly back-heeled the ball into the net just before half time at West Brom.

There’s not too many players could score a goal like that.

Here it is.

Perez is one of the most exciting players at Newcastle and he loves it on Tyneside – we just hope we can keep him on Tyneside in the summer.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Ayoze Perez · Newcastle News · Newcastle Youth · Premier League

64 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Dec 8, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 2 Lindisfarne // Dec 8, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    “I would like to thank myself for all the hard work I put into getting him here.”

  • 3 Tsunki // Dec 8, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Yay! Hands in the air for Pards! Shut up.

  • 4 sickandtired // Dec 8, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    More Pardew fibs. Ayoze only got a start because Pardew had no one else to play due to injuries! Being ‘special’ didn’t get him picked before then.

  • 5 toongloom // Dec 8, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    This man talks some utter shite – probs the main reason I wanted him gone!

    Special?? that’s why you only played him after when the likes of rivierre n co failed miserably! and is that also why likes of goufran played ahead of him! HBA was special! and look what you done to him!

  • 6 dok - the horrid colonial // Dec 8, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    afternoon all,

    was a great sunday to get a win, eff all the naysayers, ill take a win anyday…

    welsh, hows yoru dad? hope you are well…

  • 7 Tsunki // Dec 8, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    …er although he is a middling Manager and no more he certainly doesn’t deserve the hatred directed towards him from this site, he did actually finish fifth and we were mid table when he came and mid table when he left sob sob I wish we could have him back Sob sob I love him so please come back Alan….

  • 8 Our Toon // Dec 8, 2015 at 10:31 PM


    Your comment about the royal navy made me chuckle, in slme aspects of work you can’t have more than 1 leader, in sport though you need more than 1 leader. Last time I checked the royal navy didn’t play football!!

  • 9 Jib // Dec 8, 2015 at 10:35 PM


    Not true !

    We were all surprised when Ayoze was brought on against Wellington for SDJ on the NZ tour.

    The first few games of that season Gouffran and Riviere were regulars and Perez got on progressively earlier.

    If you are a bit weak on NUFC history don’t make stuff up like the cretin Tsunki.

    Blinded by hatred of a guy whose record at Crystal Palace is making him look increasingly stupid.

    Just as he is doing with McClaren.

    Back-pedallers of the world unite 🙂

    NUFC suporters MEH !!!!!!!

  • 10 welshgeordie9 // Dec 8, 2015 at 10:37 PM


    He’s alright for a minute, still waiting for the go ahead for his operation, at the moment he’s got to do physio in the the hospital and at home 3 times a week.

    Thanks for asking anyway mate.

  • 11 Sliema // Dec 8, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    Shut up Jib. Pardew was awful too and his antics weren’t great. We all know how lucky we were in the season we finished 5th with him. I’m delighted to be rid of him. The wheels will fall of at palace within a season or 2 it’s guaranteed.

    On top of this his attitude to playing young players is atrocious. He threw the lot of them under the bus last season when it was actually the colocini gouffran sissoko type pro’s who were go blame and should’ve been dropped.

  • 12 Sliema // Dec 8, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    He’s a low life and a gobsh!te. You really that arsed that people wanted rid of him? What is it? His fantastic record in the league? Or cups? Or v the mackems?

  • 13 Lindisfarne // Dec 8, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Well worth seeing again:

  • 14 dok - the horrid colonial // Dec 8, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    keep the faith welsh

  • 15 welshgeordie9 // Dec 8, 2015 at 10:52 PM


    I disagree, Pardew will do a good job for palace, they have got very good attacking players, very well organised at the back and unlike at Newcastle he will be able to keep his best players.

  • 16 dok - the horrid colonial // Dec 8, 2015 at 10:52 PM


    don’t forget his headbutting… that’s a true leadership trait as well…

  • 17 welshgeordie9 // Dec 8, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    cheers dok

  • 18 Munster Mag // Dec 8, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    Yes tsunki pards is full of shit but he’s improving. came to us mid table. Got 5th. Nearly relegated us. Left us mid table. Saved palace. Now 7th. Yeah he’s crap. A tool i agree tsunki, but has a lot of respect in english football. Glad he is gone. The opinion ogfered that he is useless is just not one that holds any water outside of the obsessives on here. An overconfident chancer, yes, but a capable enough manager too, given better circumstances than nufc

  • 19 dok - the horrid colonial // Dec 8, 2015 at 10:53 PM


    the difference is pards here and pards there is quite simple,

    he’s allowed to have a say in his team…

  • 20 welshgeordie9 // Dec 8, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    Yes Pardew didn’t do well against Sunderland, Martinez hasn’t done well against Liverpool in derbies does that mean he’s crap as well.

  • 21 OneAlanShearer // Dec 8, 2015 at 10:55 PM

    This talk of austin and berahino makes me laugh. I don’t see us targeting either of them. More likely someone from the continent if anyone at all.

    I bet they don’t even buy a player in January when we need about 5.

    Anyone would think we’d stayed up…We are still in the relegation zone.

    A spine is still required. Spurs will remind us of that.

  • 22 dok - the horrid colonial // Dec 8, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    I never was a ardent supporter of pards, but when youre handcuffed like every manager in the last eight years is here… don’t expect success for the long term.. we’ll see how macca ends up…

    I wish to god I can hit the lottery, id buy this club in a heartbeat…. no matter what the wife would say lol

  • 23 Our Toon // Dec 8, 2015 at 10:57 PM

    Pardew has got good wingers, stop them and you’ll stop palace. Don’t forget he did well here in his first full season, he does everywhere he goes. It’s what happens in the 2nd full season that’s the key, those who advocate his time here will be the very ones claiming they said FA come December next season. Look at the man’s history, that will tell you all you need to know. Add to that he’s come out and said he hasn’t touched the set pieces or corner routines because they were so well drilled by Pulis at it.

  • 24 Munster Mag // Dec 8, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    Jib is the low hanging fruit online or is he busy being a tough guy? 🙂

  • 25 Our Toon // Dec 8, 2015 at 11:00 PM


    Sunderland aren’t better than newcastle and Everton aren’t better than Liverpool!! Does that answer your question? If Rodgers had the same record against Everton as pards had against Sunderland then you could point to it and it would be valid!! Common sense fella we lost to a weaker side twice in a season and Martinez more often than not lost to a stronger side

  • 26 Our Toon // Dec 8, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    As for being handcuffed, he wasn’t at West Ham, if anything he had Tevez and Mascherano more strength then he’d ever wish for and still did piss poor by benching one and playing the other on the left wing. The handcuffed comment would hold water if he didn’t have the record he’s got prior to joining us. Also he’s not handcuffed at palace yet left as he wasn’t allowed to sign the players he wanted, look at palace now, only 1 of pards signings starts and that’s a fella who was “bought for him” whilst being “handcuffed” in his previous role. He left us so he could sign players he wanted, he’s bought 10 of which Cabaye is the only regular starter!!

  • 27 Our Toon // Dec 8, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    Anyway good night chaps I’m off!! Catch up tomorrow

  • 28 welshgeordie9 // Dec 8, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    Our Toon

    All I’m saying is people can’t say Pardew was crap just because he couldn’t beat a certain team.

  • 29 welshgeordie9 // Dec 8, 2015 at 11:10 PM

    Tell you what I feel so sorry for sturridge, come on against Newcastle and now according to Sky sports news he’s out for a couple of weeks with a hamstring injury.

  • 30 Munster Mag // Dec 8, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    Our toon although some perceive me as a pardewite, i’m not. Should have been sacked by us. But i think he has improved since the days when he was slagged off re west ham and the Argentinians etc. He is now a very respected man in english football. And catchy and co who slagged him even when he did well, must love that 🙂

  • 31 Munster Mag // Dec 8, 2015 at 11:16 PM

    Our toon, not beating sunlan hurts us, but its totally irrelevant in terms of how he is viewed in english football now.

  • 32 Our Toon // Dec 8, 2015 at 11:38 PM

    Welsh and Munster

    He’s not shite because he couldn’t beat 1 team, he’s shite because he broke more unwanted records than actual achievements. Here’s a man who came out and said he’s glad he’s out of the Europa cup, he got WH into the Europa cup and they were in relegation when he got the sack, curbishley saved them. If he’s changed then when did he play Cisse as a Right Winger like he did with Tevez at West Ham? If he’s changed why did he have an identical run when in the Europa cup with west ham as he had with us?

    Pardew is loved in football by the English media, not other supporters, they needed someone to take over Redknapp mantle and in pards they have the perfect cockney man much like arry. Pards will not remain at palace beyond the end of next season, the only manager in history to have 3 different sets of supporters challange his reign with protests. If he’s changed then why did he behave in the manner he did to Pellegrini much like he did at West Ham and wenger a few years earlier? He’s not changed but he wants people to think he has so he gets the England job, he knows if he remains at palace the sack will follow him in 18 mths.

    I’ll end with this, when palace lose Bolasie and Zaha which they will, we will see how pards replaces them amd what affect that will have on them, the luck he had along with good performances in his first full season with us has followed him in his first full season with palace, yesterday Everton hit the woodwork 3 times. Anyway it’s old ground but let’s revisit it in 18 mths.

  • 33 Tsunki // Dec 8, 2015 at 11:39 PM

    Wile E Coyote lights a match in the darkness and slowly turns to see a box of dynamite…match burns fingers and he drops it into the box. Gulp!

    Or, put another way, Ray Speaks.

  • 34 Tsunki // Dec 8, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    Our Toon, careful, it looks like you’re fabricating statements carelessly out of nothing more than facts. 🙂

    And Ray, you forget – I couldn’t make it up.

  • 35 jimmysmith // Dec 8, 2015 at 11:44 PM

    Perez, Mitrovic, Mbemba and perhaps even Thauvin are very good prospects, but I am delighted to have De Jong in the side and also Cisse, if he is playing well. I’d also prefer a fit Taylor to Mbemba to partner Colo, and a fit Tiote alongside either one of Colback or Anita. The sale of Santon was an awful decision, but other than that it’s been injuries, and perhaps a mistake here and there in team selection trying to find the best 11 that has been our undoing.

    ……………..De Jong..


    To me that is a top ten side and bench. Injuries are part of the game, and we have had far too many of them. Hopefully De Jong, Cisse can get an injury free run, along with Tiote, and we get a CB in in Jan for the far too often absent Taylor, and a genuine left back. Those two positions are where the club has been remiss in hindsight.

  • 36 Tsunki // Dec 8, 2015 at 11:45 PM

    Munster when did Pardew get this ‘ respected’ accolade? It’s news, that is. Was it after the Hull player thing or would it be the Man City manager thing? Or was it the linesman thing? Are these the people who respect Pardew in football?

  • 37 Tsunki // Dec 8, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    Ooh ooh I know was it Mike ‘The Other Guy’ Williamson who respected him, or maybe the young players who he pushed forward in the cups to protect his purples who he blamed for not being able to cut it?

  • 38 Tsunki // Dec 8, 2015 at 11:51 PM

    Could be ‘Arry Redknapp who was always trying to tip his best players over in the transfer windows, or maybe it was the guy he pinched the meal off and proclaimed himself King, or maybe John Carver and his crew who he left holding the tiller of a sinking boat at short notice, or maybe Lee Charnley who was so taken by surprise he admitted he hadn’t planned for him leaving like that? Must be one of them then.

  • 39 jane // Dec 8, 2015 at 11:52 PM

    Tsunki I could be wrong but maybe it’s football results. those other things don’t matter as much. repeat after me…Pardew is a respected manager…now your turn.

  • 40 jane // Dec 8, 2015 at 11:54 PM

    keep up

  • 41 jane // Dec 8, 2015 at 11:55 PM

    trouble typing it?

  • 42 jimmysmith // Dec 8, 2015 at 11:58 PM

    Too much is made of those incidents. All managers have their regrettable moments. Wenger, Mourinho, Ferguson, the very best, have all had them. Pardew is a competitive, passionate, hardworking, experienced manager who is as liked and respected by his players as you could realistically hope for. He has become very good and proved it, and his travails at Newcastle have helped him get there.

  • 43 Ron Knee // Dec 9, 2015 at 6:04 AM

    Morning jesper & Lilongwe

    I was looking at the photos of the kids on your website and wondered if they followed European football. Which are the most popular PL teams?

  • 44 Average_Contents // Dec 9, 2015 at 6:16 AM

    Come now jimmy.

    How can attempting to stick the nut on an opposition player by a manager be made too much of?

    Granted, he only brushed him but it showed a lack of professionalism, class and quite frankly a massive embarrassment to NUFC as a club and fanbase.

    Add the f*****g old c**t incident live on sky, beamed to millions around the world and it showed him for what he really is, a narcissistic, slimy, disrespectful wide boy.

    I find it disturbing that you think otherwise to be honest mate.

  • 45 Average_Contents // Dec 9, 2015 at 6:17 AM

    Alan pardew – it’s all about meeeeeeee.

    Couldn’t resist ?

  • 46 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 9, 2015 at 6:28 AM

    We have a split between the usual suspects. Mainly Arsenal, Man U and Chelsea with a handful of Liverpool and one Spurs fan from the Prem. For other European teams, most say Barcelona with a couple Real Madrid. Nobody else gets a look in.

  • 47 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 9, 2015 at 6:30 AM

    The Prem is shown here, most weekends they show 4 or 5 Saturday games and all the Sunday/Monday games. Due to their backgrounds, they rarely get to watch, but they can follow on radio and in newspapers that others in the community have and share.

  • 48 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 9, 2015 at 6:37 AM

    Morning Ron…I let Lilongwe answer that question if it’s alright 😉

    Alot of Pardew talking last night I see…why can we not just let Palace worry about him now…I think we have enough on our plate.

    The Spurs game is this Saturday or Sunday game?

  • 49 Ron Knee // Dec 9, 2015 at 6:44 AM


    Re Percy: Yes, let the Inept One do his thing at Palace!
    Re the match: Sunday afternoon.


    Thanks. I suspected as much! But you don’t mention Citeh. So internationally it’s a relatively smaller brand then?

  • 50 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 9, 2015 at 7:01 AM

    Yeah, no City fans in the squad. I think it will be a while before City really penetrate internationally established markets. I think new emerging football territories they will win over easier, but there is a long build up of support over the last 20 years or so for the teams I mention, plus the history of Liverpool and United.

    It is probably why they are focussing more on the US, China and Australia where the game is growing in popularity far more.

  • 51 Ron Knee // Dec 9, 2015 at 7:04 AM


    Are the TV matches free-to-view?

  • 52 firebug666 // Dec 9, 2015 at 7:08 AM

    Why the hell do we still end up discussing the inept one, he’s gone, should have been gone long before he did, he is nothing more than an egotistical, uncouth b@st@rd.

    As for having his hands tied at our club, what a load of crap, he knew what he was signing up for, he knew how things were and was fully complicit with it all.

    Putting he’s ego and ungentlemanly conduct aside, he was totally crap, next season when Palace are struggling, he can make way for McClaren, two lower league coaches who have been given a chance in the premiership and have failed miserably.

  • 53 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 9, 2015 at 7:13 AM

    No, they are on DSTV, Africa’s equivalent to Sky. There are a couple of other channels which show games here in Malawi as well which are cheaper, but they have games less frequently and still not free.

  • 54 Munster Mag // Dec 9, 2015 at 7:14 AM

    Our toon some good points there. But all english clubs struggle to combine europa with the prem and we did well in the europa. If he hasnt tinkered with palace then he’s right not to. And u cant hang the guy for having two good wingers but yes he will struggle when they go. But so wud any manager especially if graham carr is your scout. But you make good points and without screaming which doesnt always happen here. For nufc now its clearly all about the workrate and who we can sign in jan

  • 55 Munster Mag // Dec 9, 2015 at 7:16 AM

    Problem is, that will probably be our peak workrate all season because of the reaction of the players to being vilified by all and sundry

  • 56 firebug666 // Dec 9, 2015 at 7:25 AM

    Talking about the Liverfool game SDJ has said that “It wasn’t our best game yet, but we had the spirit and the fight to make it through in the end,” he said.

    “We couldn’t really keep up the pace in the last 20 minutes, but that’s because we’d worked so hard in the first half and up to then.

    “We fought for every ball, and when we got chances, we finished them. You could say it was a slightly lucky win, but we fought really hard for it and I think we deserved it in the end.

    So hopefully we will get our fitness levels up and keep going for 90 minutes like other teams do, if we can do that we will win and draw more games.

  • 57 jimmysmith // Dec 9, 2015 at 7:52 AM

    “a narcissistic, slimy, disrespectful wide boy”

    “egotistical, uncouth b@st@rd”

    We are all entitled to our opinion, but that’s surely laying it on pretty thick, with respect. Our behaviour in our weaker moments, rarely defines us, thankfully.

  • 58 firebug666 // Dec 9, 2015 at 7:55 AM

    “egotistical, uncouth b@st@rd”

    I was putting it mildly didn’t want to go over the top so early in the morning.

  • 59 Tsunki // Dec 9, 2015 at 8:00 AM

    Surely the highly paid job of leadership and media representation of a sizeable sporting institution cannot afford weaker moments such as these jimmy?

  • 60 Tsunki // Dec 9, 2015 at 8:01 AM

    Jane I would have made some retort to your inept goading but I consider you to be merely the vassal of other blog miscreants.

  • 61 jimmysmith // Dec 9, 2015 at 8:12 AM

    You are most unlikely to have put it mildly, and are equally unlikely to be representing him objectively and fairly, by any general consensus, but perhaps you are right. I strongly believe you aren’t, but I do agree his time came and rightly went, although I’d argue almost entirely due to the owner and his misguided transfer policy.

  • 62 firebug666 // Dec 9, 2015 at 8:19 AM


    In all fairness mate, he was complicit with the regime, he went on to break records for all the wrong reasons, the football was painful to watch, and his behaviour embarrassed the club, the fans and the region on more than one occasion.

    I cannot even say that he is a decent bloke, because he is not. His time here was all about himself, and regardless of what he has done elsewhere, it is his time here for us that I will judge him on, and I will reduce it to a one word description for him….DISGUSTING!

  • 63 jimmysmith // Dec 9, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    Yeah, he could easily have lost his job over that. Without too much to complain about. But that incident doesn’t define him as a manager, nor do the derby results. It’s the body of work that does.

  • 64 sing in the corner // Dec 9, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    This article had a pic of Charles Austin but was about Perez! Then when I logged in to point it out the pic changed to Perez! It’s me or you Ed… One of us is psychotic.

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