Pardew Opens Up – Fans Banged Me Down – We Didn’t Invest Enough

Alan Pardew has revealed the real reasons he left Newcastle and it was presumably because he thought he just  couldn’t win with a portion of the Newcastle fans – who he said banged him down at Newcastle and banged his spirit down.

We assume he’s talking about the Sack-Pardew crew who still  remain anonymous – and really when they were created their stated purpose was to get him out of the club – and they were successful at doing that.

But since Alan has gone and joined Crystal Palace the London club have thrived under his management and Newcastle have struggled against relegation under both John Carver and Steve McClaren.

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This photograph of Alan Pardew was taken on December 28th last year
His last game in charge of 

Palace are joint 4th top of the league right now after 17 games – level with Manchester United and Tottenham on 29 points – and we are 4th bottom of the league on 14 points.

And when Alan joined Palace in early January they were 10 points behind Newcastle and they finished 9 points above us.

So it’s been a very difficult, even a nightmare year for Newcastle fans.

This is the Big Interview with Graham Hunter that Pardew has given and he starts to reveal some of the real reasons he abruptly left Newcastle just a little less than a year ago:

“There was no way I could say my spirit was high at Newcastle at the end – it wasn’t.” “The fans had banged me down, banged my spirit down. And a lot of my management is about my spirit and my front foot, let’s come on, we can do it, we can over-achieve – that’s what I’m about.”

“Of course this environment at Palace is perfect for me, I knew it would be perfect for me.” “I tried to put on that pitch at Newcastle an entertaining team. At times, it wasn’t, for sure.” “At times we struggled, we lost players to injury, we didn’t invest enough.”

“For all those reasons we had some sticky periods.”

“But in my last game there I knew there was a possibility this might open up to me at Palace, and Newcastle played Everton and we won, we were ninth in the Premier League.”

“I looked at the Press the next day and the social media – because social media is a massive part of the feeling of the group, it really is, you can’t get away from it I’m afraid. It’s the same here at Palace, social media plays a big part now.”

“So I looked at it after the Everton game and it was like: ‘We’re under-performing.’ “I thought we were over-performing in the end so really I knew it was the best time to give Newcastle a new start and me to move on.”

“Coming to Palace and where we are right now, it’s very attractive to players and easy to sell to them.” “Cabaye was easy; I’m the manager here, I make all the big decisions with the owner, who has tremendous faith, he was with me when we met Yohan.”

“We have a fan base that’s right behind us. And we love them for being noisy.” “Palace has great attributes for a professional football; access to home from London is easy whether you live in Buenos Aires or Windsor.”

Alan did not give the press interview after the 3-2 Everton win last year – John Carver did – and that started off intense rumors about him leaving for the Palace  job, which had just become available after Palace had fired Neil Warnock.

So he was at least thinking of the Palace job before the Everton game on 28th December.

Alan is right – after the Everton win we were in 9th place on 26 points from exactly half a season – the first 19 games – after getting just 4 points out of the first 7 league games – which is when the Sack-Pardew crew was started.

We had got 22 points from the previous 12 games when he left the club.

But John Carver managed only 13 points in the final 19 games and we just scraped through to avoid relegation with 3 points in the final game against West Ham, after losing 8 games in a row for the first time ever in the Premier League.

It was probably a good time for Pardew and Newcastle to go their separate ways, but Newcastle have shown absolutely no ambition in bringing in a top manager with proven credentials of success.

We settled for John Carver initially, but he did so poorly he was fired in June and then Steve McClaren was hired just two weeks after he was fired at Derby County.

It’s been a nightmare year for Newcastle United with just 30 points in 36 league games – on the other hand Crystal Palace have taken 61 points from the same number of games.

Even Crystal Place now seem to have more ambition than we have.

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114 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 21, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #1

    Yes Alan we did not invest enough and you took a nice fat eight year deal knowing we wouldn’t. Stop whining !

  • Tsunki

    Dec 21, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #2

    No surely Alan it was the fans fault. We was a fret.

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 21, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #3

    Might have taken an eight year contract but that was giving to him, hardly going to say no, I mean that’s like if you are offered very good wages a week, if a club offered you 60 grand a week not going to say no are you, yes some players demand their own wages but not every player.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 21, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #4

    He took that deal while holder of double manager of the year knowing full well he wouldn’t be allowed to win a cup or replicate his success of the season before, if he had any integrity he would have told them to shove it joined Palace at the next opportunity !

  • Mag52

    Dec 21, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #5

    Pardew not saying anything that supporters have not been saying for a mighty long time.
    Insufficient investment by the owner. What’s new ?

  • Wayayman

    Dec 21, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #6

    Tried to put an attacking attractive team out for us? Christonabike. We played some horrible stuff under him apart from the 5th place finish season and that was largely down to Cabaye and the strikers having worldies.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 21, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Welsh…there are two kinds of people. Opportunists and visionaries.

    “An opportunist is someone that finds and takes advantage of opportunities.”

    Unlike an opportunist, a visionary not only finds opportunities, but they are able to sustain a vision – a direction. A visionary is able to differentiate between opportunities of the moment and sustainable opportunities for the future. A visionary is an opportunist, but a opportunist is not a visionary.

    Pardew is an opportunist my friend! He’s good to no one but himself!

  • Mag52

    Dec 21, 2015 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #8


    Say that you worked in a company, the boss of which is a grasping son of a b!tch whose work ethics you despise.
    One day he offers to double your wages.
    Do you tell him to stick it up his whatsit because you intend to look for a new job ?
    Seriously ?

  • Jib

    Dec 21, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #9


  • stuart no9

    Dec 21, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #10

    Change the record please Ed on the pardew brigade . No matter how you look at it ,he had to go and just in case you forgot ,sit down and remind yourself of his record . The worst in our history — regardless of how good he is doing at palace , he never done it here

  • Mag52

    Dec 21, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #11


    It’s pointless having a vision in a situation where you have little to no control of the important factors necessary to achieve that vision.
    You can bet your life that AP has a vision at Palace, and it looks as if he’s on the way to realizing it.

  • Belfast

    Dec 21, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #12

    I don’t know who’s more obsessed with Pardew the mag or Ed Harrison. It’s neck and neck.

    Give it a rest pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeee.

  • croftus5678

    Dec 21, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #13

    pards was imo an avg manager and not as bad as some made out…..nor as good as others made him out to be either !

    mcclaren is another avg manager imo but he is getting us playing a more watchable style of play so better for us imo.

    do we deserve better ? i dont think so as we are only an avg team due to money being spent over the years and being “un-lucky” due to injuries taking our squad quality down some notches.

    i’ll say the same things i have done over the past few seasons and thats with a few quality signings in main positions we could be pushing for europe and with it come better managers/players attracted to a club that finishes higher.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 21, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #14

    Ray/Jeff/Jib on the subject of lessons I thought I’d repost your most recent schooling –

    Naivete. You say Jeff? I think it’s ably trumped by your rank stupidity, as that link shows a collaboration on a Credit Union, which sadly Jeff is not a Trades Union. No, I know but it really isn’t! It just gets more cringeingly embarrassing doesn’t it? Unite is the manufacturing union that took up the SD Workers cause. Unison is, how do they put it? another union altogether….that.. er…didn’t.

    Now let’s us move on to what is more pink, me or your cheeks – Heineken are indeed the masters of bulk, so you should have googled their CruzCampo brand before falling into the assumption that Mahou San Miguel ( mi – gehl) was the most popular beer in Spain. They may have caught up some since 2014 who knows but for now it’s another boulder propped up by a twig for you, Wile. E.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 21, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #15

    If part of the job was to lie to 52K loyal fans I might just tell him to ram it, KK did !

  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Dec 21, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #16

    ‘Which is it actually means bunny.

    A bit like pussy in US english’

    ummmm, im ACTUALLY from the US, I don’t live on google to look smarter, and no, that statement does not even come close…

    try again, jibblet…

  • Tsunki

    Dec 21, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #17

    Mag52 @8 – no, I would take it while I looked for an opportunity to jump ship for a better salary at a place I liked and leave that SoB in the clarts…oh….wait….

  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Dec 21, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #18

    furthermore, Belfast…

    since I do believe I know your thoughts and feelings on this time of the year, I will wish you a happy drinking season 🙂

    may you find an extra pint or two in your fridge

  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Dec 21, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #19


    you can fool some of the people some of the time, but you cant fool people smarter than you, ever…

    enough on him….

  • Tsunki

    Dec 21, 2015 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #20

    May your 12 volt battery keep it’s charge for you to watch Christmas Smackdown in the shed with the Reverend Ian, Belfast.

  • Belfast

    Dec 21, 2015 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #21

    Same to you Dok.

    It’s just me and mother bates this year unfortunately. Ian won’t be joining us.

  • Mag52

    Dec 21, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #22


    Exactly. That’s exactly what he did.

  • Belfast

    Dec 21, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #23

    And it’s a basement not a shed stinki.

  • Belfast

    Dec 21, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #24

    Ian’s never in the basement when mother bates is there for some reason 🙂

  • spitfire_

    Dec 21, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #25

    I remember right after the summer of 2012, how after we only bought Anita, pardew said that he is satisfied with our transfer business. Well maybe if he have the balls during his time at Newcastle, maybe then the fans would like him more. And it’s time for him to stop talking about Newcastle.

  • Jib

    Dec 21, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #26

    Whoosh Dok that little Spanish lesson went waaaayyy over your thick Texan head.
    Never mind , remember the Alamo and keep executing your trash 😀

  • AncientC

    Dec 21, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #27

    Didn’t Pardew say Newcastle were in a different league to Everton… and yet he believes we were over-performing by beating Everton.

  • Mag52

    Dec 21, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #28


    You well know that KK resigned over the appointment of Wise as Director of football, and the fact that he insisted that it should be the manager’s right to manage and not have players he didn’t want imposed upon him.
    More or less, I suppose,what prompted AP to call it a day at NUFC.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 21, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #29

    Croftus, when you say ‘we’ don’t deserve better, who exactly do you mean, the supporters of the 18th richest club in the world who fill the stadium week in week out or do you mean the club owners who deliberately try to keep us in a state of mediocrity. Unsuccessfully I may add.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 21, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #30

    Not before he helped his boss subject us to two seasons of dross and a relegation battle though.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 21, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #31

    Jeff didn’t you just glide over your own Spanish ( beer) lesson?

    We don’t get you, you’re part of the Union, I suppose. 🙂

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Dec 21, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #32

    Just another manager that in a few years will be sitting on Sky Sports on match days blaming the fans for everything thats wrong !! Should have stood up to Ashley a bit more when you were here Pardew you slag!!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 21, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #33

    Be careful what you say about Ian Toon, you might get your very own Sack Llambias to haunt you and publish your former posts in a dodgy Irish accent !

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Dec 21, 2015 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #34

    So now Cisse is injured I wonder what Mclaren will play against Everton ?

    Everton when I have watched them play Lukaku and Kone up front with wingers and full backs bombing forward so we may be better staying compact and using our pace to hit them on the break

    Just worried Lukaku will dominate our centre halfs

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Dec 21, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #35

    See we have been linked with Naismith ? Great little player has pace , works hard can play lots of positions and has leadership qualities !

    Get him , Shelvey and a left back that would add some depth and battling qualities to our squad !

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 21, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #36

    Jibberish from previous
    Your drunken Spanish met probably told you that so he could pi$$ himself laughing at you while you shouted it at everyone walking past you gullible buffoon.

  • croftus5678

    Dec 21, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #37

    @29 jail

    i mean we as in whole! owner/manager/supporters/players no matter who plays what role we are all stuck with each other for better or worse.

    and 18th richest club ect if its true what does that mean exactly ? does it mean the fans are the richest ? or our club has the most money to spend on players ? it’s ashleys money not ours to do with as we like and if fatman does not want to spend then being the 18th richest club means nothing apart from ashley needing a bigger wallet.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 21, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #38

    So why don’t we as fans deserve a good manager, we fill and have helped fill that magnificent stadium week after week, year after year, which fans are more deserving.

  • JamesToon

    Dec 21, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #39


    That’s a very good point actually about Pardew!

  • Mag52

    Dec 21, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #40


    Dross – largely yes.
    Quality footballers playing dross – er……


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