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Pardew – I’m Sad About Relegation – I’ll Always Love Newcastle

10:03 am, Saturday, May 14th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

Alan Pardew was forced out of the club just less then 18 months ago, and that has coincided with Newcastle imploding and fans getting even more insights into how pathetically the club has been run by Lee Charnley and Graham Carr – and it’s not a pretty sight.

And it’s obvious former Newcastle managers – like Pardew, Hughton, Shearer etc  – had little say in which players would come in and which would leave.

In fact an article yesterday by the Chronicle’s Mark Douglas is not only an excellent piece, but it gives insights and revelations into what really happened last season.

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Alan Pardew – while manager at Newcastle

Now here’s a warning – it’s even worse than we had thought – so if your depression is deep maybe you don’t want to read it for a week or two.

It appears Lee Charnley said no to a number of signings that would have saved us – he looks even more incompetent after reading the article than we had thought – as difficult as that seems.

Here’s Mark’s article on (only) some of the things that went wrong last season.

Getting back to the current Crystal Palace manager we’re  surprised at the vitriol aimed at Pardew.

Yes – he made some daft mistakes and some of his antics on the touchline were embarrassing – but he’s certainly not as bad a manager as the Sack Pardew crew would have you believe.

By the way that group continues to remain anonymous.

Here’s some of what Alan said yesterday about Newcastle:

“It’s important, if it’s Rafa Benitez or the new manager, he gets full control of transfers,” “I think that would be something the new manager would need.”

“My reaction is one of sadness, for the players and the staff there and the fans, who have suffered.”

“They won’t enjoy the Championship although last time they had a good year in the Championship… they built some foundations and that’s what they’re going to need to do.”

“I’m just sad, because I love that football club and I’ll always love it.” “I’m very sad that it’s gone down, and I really, really hope – passionately – that this brings some change for the better.”

Newcastle will be the best club Alan will ever manage, but there’s now real proof that he had his hands tied behind his back on which players he could bring into the club during his four year tenure on Tyneside.

We are now hoping and praying Rafa Benitez will commit to managing Newcastle for the next three years.

The way we feel at the moment is that’s our one and only hope and if we cannot do that Newcastle could well go into free-fall.

The fact that Lee Charnley seems to be wanting Steve Bruce in as the head coach if we cannot get Rafa is alarming.

It would be a signing similar to the appointment of John Carver and Steve McClaren.

An easy one for Lee and we suppose he  thinks it would allow him to run the club with Carr via their failed system – but certainly not  good for Newcastle United.

Lee certainly seems to be detached from reality.

Mike Ashley needs to get a grip of the club.

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lindisfarne // May 14, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    Rather than making the club sea worthy, IMO AP spent a large part of his time here helping bail out.

  • 2 Ibizatoon // May 14, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    “If I should stay,
    I would only be in your way,
    So I’ll go but I know,
    I’ll think of you every step of the way,

    And I… will always love yooooooouuuuuuuu, oooooooh”

    Lovely Alan.

  • 3 Yo-yo // May 14, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Steve Bruce ?

    Seriously ?

    Ed yer a real kidder.

  • 4 Derek // May 14, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    Regarding to my earlier comment about Ashley saying “the bank is empty”.

    Firstly Jib, I don’t appreciate the snide remark “It seems strange to have to explain this to a “fan” ” and you proceed to quote incoming figures reaching £120 million.

    I am not as ignorant as you assume. I’m aware that money will be coming into the club at the end of the season.

    Perhaps you missed my point or perhaps I didn’t explain it clearly enough.

    My point is Ashley is going to be EXTREMELY reluctant to net spend a similar amount to what he spent this season. His mentality suggests to me that he will want to recoup the ~£80 million he wasted on dud transfers.

    I expect the incoming transfers will not cost more than the amount we get for the outgoing players and I’d be very surprised not only if Rafa stays, but if he is given a budget anywhere near the previous 2 windows.

  • 5 Magpie Myles // May 14, 2016 at 10:32 AM


    “My point is Ashley is going to be EXTREMELY reluctant to net spend a similar amount to what he spent this season. His mentality suggests to me that he will want to recoup the ~£80 million he wasted on dud transfers.”

    Completely agree but I think it’s Carrs fault, not Ashley. He made the mistake of giving the money to Carr and Carr ended up spending it on poor players. He stuck to his word and put a lot in.

  • 6 banjax // May 14, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    False hope under Mike Ashley’s has always been a real and devisive part of his tenure. But when he promised money to invest in playing staff he delivered, the only problem was he entrusted £80m to a bunch of incompetent henchmen who he stupidly trusted with the club’s dosh. In a nutshell that is where is weakness lies, his lack of judgement and his lack of decisiveness. In his open letter he describes a period of deep thought and promise to bring Newcastle back to the Premiership on the rebound. I hope this pause for deep thought also means the sacking Charnley & Co replacing them with people who know what they are doing. I know if it was my £millions squandered I would not want the same crew handling my money. I guess we will see !

  • 7 Wayayman // May 14, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    Yesterday this link to a MUST READ piece from Mark Douglas was posted by LCBP but I’m reposting it as there was a lot of ‘noise’ on the blog last night and I think a lot of readers might have missed it. It’s a long article but some jaw-dropping revelations from inside the club. Read it all.

  • 8 jimmysmith // May 14, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    “I Will Always Love You”. Great song Ibiza, written and sung by Dolly Parton, as a sincere tribute and heart felt thank you to her early mentor and it must be said, far less talented on stage partner, Porter Wagoner. Who responded by suing her, with at least partial success, for 50% of her future earnings, and then burning through it on women and liquor, as if to remind us just how lovely people really are.

  • 9 LeedsMag // May 14, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    Is this the start of a new era of Ashley annual statements? Must be overrated as a businessman – much like our players He is supposed to be this shrewd,savvy entrepreneur,feared by rivals – but really? – serial failure and money waster at NUFC ,entrusting millions to a board not fit for purpose. No vision,direction or leadership. What is going to change?

  • 10 mallorcamag // May 14, 2016 at 1:50 PM

    Not been on for ages how is everyone ?

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