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Pardew – I kept Nagging Ashley – The Process Was Wrong

11:19 pm, Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 42 Comments

Alan Pardew hs been interviewed  with Gary Lineker for The Premier League Show and among other things he has talked about his four years  at Newcastle.

Alan talks about how often the squad he had was unbalanced until he finally left the club at the end of 2014 and joined his former club Crystal Palace where has done OK and certainly has a lot more control than he ever had on Tyneside.

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Rafa Benitez and Alan Pardew at St. James’ Park in late April

This is what Alan said about his time at Newcastle:

“I kept nagging Ashley, kept telling him I thought the process was wrong. I made that very clear behind closed doors,”

“At times I had a very unbalanced team, very unbalanced squad.” “It’s very difficult to pick up results when you don’t think the players that are being signed for you fit what you want.”

“That makes it frustrating a little bit, and I was a bit frustrated at Newcastle.”  “The financial element came first, then the technical side of it.”

“But the vision of the manager and how he wants to take the team forward, that must come first.”

“I like to think they’ve learned some lessons. I think Mike, at Sports Direct, has learned some lessons.”

“I think he’d be the first to say that – and he’s had to learn lessons on the football side.”

The way Newcastle was run when Alan was at the club just didn’t work with Graham Carr picking the players who would come in during the transfer windows.

That’s one reason Pardew often had an unbalanced squad – Graham picked the players he wanted and it had almost no bearing on what was required to improve the team.


Rafa knew all about that, which is why he wanted everything changed before he would sign on full time at the club and now he’s getting the freedom that Pardew was never given.

But when you are a world-class manager you can ensure that things are set up at a club so you can be successful there – and Pardew and McClaren never had the stature as managers to be able to do that.

After Alan left after a mediocre reign on Tyneside, Steve McClaren caem in and was a lot worse and was principally responsible for Newcastle being relegated last season.

Steve has the worst record of any manager at Newcastle in the Premier League and beyond.

But switching to more positive things – quickly – Rafa now has Newcastle United top of the Championship after we have won 11 of our last 13 games in all competitions.

Rafa has a good balanced squad in place with at least two top players in every single position and he has the lads playing some very good football.

He’s also improving a lot of the players at the club and they are becoming better players under Rafa’s coaching and general know-how.

Things are definitely on the up at Newcastle under the great Rafa Benitez.

He is not only building up a very good squad that can challenge in the Premier League – hopefully next season – but he is also rebuilding the club from top to bottom.

It’s what’s been needed for over ten years now and the combination of Rafa Benitez and Newcastle United is  a match made in heaven.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Scouting Network · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

42 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Average_Contents // Oct 19, 2016 at 11:21 PM

    “I kept nagging Ashley” but then got an EIGHT year deal to keep my vinegar lips shut.

    Slimeball of the highest order.

  • 2 Average_Contents // Oct 19, 2016 at 11:23 PM

    I’ll have to do this in installments as it won’t let me post the full thing. Bawlache.

    Sorry madisontoon, that did sound bad.

  • 3 Average_Contents // Oct 19, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    My point being that who knows what might of happened had we of pushed for more.
    Become exposed at the back, allow them a lifeline then all of a sudden we look shaky, they gain confidence and get another.

  • 4 welshgeordie9 // Oct 19, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    Ed don’t mention the P word, you will wake up all the moaners.

    Ha ha ha

    You have got to laugh at Ed, if it’s not Mr P its Charlie Boy.

  • 5 Average_Contents // Oct 19, 2016 at 11:25 PM

    Before we know it we’ve done what Norwich did.

    Not for me.

    At home yeah, not away unless we’re totally outplaying a team, they look poor and they are there for the taking like QPR were. Basically they pulled their keks down and we duly obliged by going in hard and dry.

  • 6 archaeomag // Oct 19, 2016 at 11:27 PM

    All the great mans thoughts here:

    …. someone’s after the England job me thinks . . .

  • 7 Average_Contents // Oct 19, 2016 at 11:29 PM

    Sc#nthorpe or Barnsley didn’t. They stopped us by keeping it up in the air. Hoof.

    I don’t see the need to push your luck if you don’t have to.

    That was all one post but had to do it bit by bit madison.

  • 8 Average_Contents // Oct 19, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    Just realised before the last post it was the cnut in s(c#nt)horpe.

    Sort it out Ed ffs!

    Basically all Pinnochio’s grievances boil down to the fact that he took the eight year deal to seal those bullsh1t spouting rubber lips and string the fans along.

    Complicit as they come that toad.

  • 9 Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith // Oct 19, 2016 at 11:50 PM

    That was the remit at Newcastle. It can work, but the process wasn’t right. I think Pardew had a fair crack at it, and is a capable manager. He eventually bailed once he knew it wasn’t gonna come good, but at least a season too late, which makes the charge of being complicit stick. Certainly he needed to be in Ashley’s ear, I’m sure he would have been. It’s clear the owner wasn’t being persuaded. It took near relegation, and relegation, for the penny to finally drop, and I don’t there’s a single one of us that is entirely sure it really has.

  • 10 magicmac // Oct 20, 2016 at 12:07 AM

    As much as i was never a Pardew fan, ill have to admit he was correct, his hands were tied behind his back, and yes he should have walked out much sooner, and told the fans why he was leaving, the problem was the way Ashely was running the club, and also giving Graham Carr to much power, the choice of playes should have been Pardews choice and not Old man carrs, personally i blame Ashely and Carr for most of the problems, and the reason we went down, and i wish Carr had been showen the exit door when we went down, its simply beyond me how Graham Carr is still employed at Newcastle. Rant over. HWTL.

  • 11 Essex Geordie Bill // Oct 20, 2016 at 12:24 AM

    I’ve been trying to work out the two players we have for every position and I can see that for most of them we have,

    But who is our 2nd LB, 2nd midfield playmaker (Shelvey back up) 2nd RW (Ritchie backup) LW do we have one. I might be being a little pedantic but it still seems to me that we are lacking a Peter Beardsley type player, ie Luka Modric or similar.

    I’m not complaining about the team, can’t really as we are doing ok but unless we are adopting a total football approach there are gaps to be filled by the time we get into the EPL.

    Or I might just be rambling after having a an alcoholic night cap.

  • 12 lochinvar // Oct 20, 2016 at 12:28 AM

    Former England boss Sam Allardyce could return to manage Sunderland if a Chinese consortium completes a takeover of the club. (Sun)

    Rock bottom in every sense

  • 13 lesh // Oct 20, 2016 at 12:30 AM


    Agree entirely with your last post. Pardew will never be a great manager but when any manager’s hands are tied, he’d never succeed.

    Anyway, maybe it’s time for Pardew to be added to the list of Newcastle United’s best!

  • 14 Graeme // Oct 20, 2016 at 12:45 AM

    Lochinvar – They deserve each other.

  • 15 bettyswallocks // Oct 20, 2016 at 1:05 AM

    Ashley was never going to let a spoofer like Pardew loose with the cheque book. As I said yesterday Jib would be a better judge of a footballer than him.

  • 16 Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith // Oct 20, 2016 at 1:17 AM

    Yeah, I think there’s an element of truth to that. That Ashley is prepared to let Rafa, Charnley and Carr push the boat out further than he’d previously been willing too when Pardew was manager.

    He didn’t trust Keegan either, the accusation of “he wanted to spend like Mourinho” the clear concern. But there’s the sense he does trust Rafa, and that Rafa understands his remit too. In the sense knows and accepts there are still limits in place on the spending, at least for the moment.

  • 17 bettyswallocks // Oct 20, 2016 at 1:28 AM

    Jimmy……. I’m sure they have discussed transfer budgets for this season and next. Rafa will have been given assurances that there will be funds available to meet his ambitions.

  • 18 bettyswallocks // Oct 20, 2016 at 1:38 AM

    I’m staying up to watch the Trump / Clinton debate. I need my daily fix of sexism and misogyny . Very relaxed and confident about our promotion drive. It’s such a comforting feeling to have a top manager running the show.

  • 19 Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith // Oct 20, 2016 at 2:54 AM

    Yeah Betty, in the short to medium term, beyond that there’ll be a need for further negotiation, and with it greater chance for things to go south of course. But certainly I can see Ashley backing in full Rafa’s drive into the top 8 of the EPL, as he has already shown a willingness to do. It wouldn’t surprise to see us there this time next season. Top 6, which I’m sure Rafa will want, will be where the rubber hits the road though, one way or another.

  • 20 Lindisfarne // Oct 20, 2016 at 6:17 AM

    We need to make it to a cup semi final to show any improvement, in terms of being able to compete with PL sides. The Championship has turned into a practise season.

    We could easily play occasionally with two strikers, be developing Mitro as a player and testing the ability of the defensive players to deal with pressure. I do hope Rafa will see the benefit of changing from his dogmatic use of 4231, being able to adapt is also a tactical skill.

  • 21 cyprus // Oct 20, 2016 at 6:42 AM

    My man, Alan, wish it were so clear cut and you could conveniently wash your hands.

    Many a times you said you were directly involved, you were dealing together with these transfers, you said now, following these transfers there were no excuses. And thanks MA.

    You either lied, or were too weak to impose any of your ideas, or Carr simply imposed random players on you.

    Any way you see it, you fxxxxd up 🙂

  • 22 cyprus // Oct 20, 2016 at 6:45 AM

    ‘Coaches are important but players a lot more so. Guardiola with Messi et al, or at Bayern. Easy. With lesser but still very very good players, not so easy.’

    Guess I predicted mauling last night. Still city did well for a while. Liked that they stifled Barcelona, tit for tat.

  • 23 Jib // Oct 20, 2016 at 6:55 AM

    In our two matches (one league , one cup) in mid September against Wolves only Shelvey and Diamé started in both.

    It’s going to be some task in Jails Rafabingo to get even close to the teams for the similar two games against Preston NE next Tuesday and the following Saturday.

    The players listed below are all now pronounced match fit.

    Jesus Gamez
    Massadio Haidara
    Rolando Aarons
    Rob Elliot
    Daryl Murphy
    Chancel MBemba

    For the first time in ages apart from little knocks and niggles we have a fully fit squad.

    For Ipswich and the two Preston games we could be seeing three substantially different teams !!!

  • 24 Jail for Ashley // Oct 20, 2016 at 7:16 AM

    “He collaborates in this facade of saying everything is great, when we’ve lost more players in the summer than we’ve brought in,” Jensen said. No-one has forgotten Pardew dedicated last November’s 2-0 home win over Chelsea to Ashley”
    And theiving

  • 25 Jail for Ashley // Oct 20, 2016 at 7:20 AM

    A thieving lying conman only to happy to tell us we couldn’t compete with Swansea and Southampton, hope he’s due another of his famous losing streaks, got lucky with meeting Stoke and the mackems on the bounce, would love to see him finish in the bottom five again.

  • 26 firebug666 // Oct 20, 2016 at 7:27 AM

    The inept one was very good at one thing…..lying!

    “I would like to thank myself for all the hard work that has gone into getting this player over the line, Oh yeah and and thanks to Granddad and Penfold who also helped”

    “It’s not my fault, I had no say in the transfers”.

    The thing is, at this time we as fans could not trust anyone at the club, it was all cloak and dagger stuff, done behind closed doors, and the snippets we were allowed to know changed on a daily basis.

    The difference now is we have a man of integrity, who has come in and changed the way the club is run, and is no doubt teaching Penfold and Granddad the ropes.

    The best thing the inept one could manage for the club was to pi$$ off to his Palace.

  • 27 Mag52 // Oct 20, 2016 at 7:33 AM

    Ed must feel things are a little quiet on the blog at the moment.
    He’s certainly managed to wake Jail up, with the predictable result.

  • 28 Jib // Oct 20, 2016 at 7:34 AM

    GK Elliot Sels Darlow Woodman
    FB Gamez Yedlin Haidara Dummett Lazaar
    CB Mbemba Clark Hanley Lascelles
    DM Hayden Colback Anita Tiote
    AM Atsu Gouffran Aarons Diame Shelvey Ritchie
    SK Murphy Mitrovic Gayle Perez

    Getting to be some squad this.
    There’s not a player you can say doesn’t deserve his place.


    Place the tips of your middle fingers against the tips of your thumbs – close your eyes – and go

    let it go man

    big bad Alan is back in Surrey


  • 29 Jail for Ashley // Oct 20, 2016 at 7:36 AM

    He’s obviously feeling smug enough after his three wins in a row to put his welsh town form guide behind and the rewriting of history up here. Praying for another losing streaks to keep him away from that England job.

  • 30 Ron Knee // Oct 20, 2016 at 7:38 AM

    RIP Phil Chess.

  • 31 Jib // Oct 20, 2016 at 7:42 AM

    Do you remember at school.
    There was always certain teachers you could get started on their pet subject – off they’d go on one – while you could have a snooze in the back of the classroom or flick ink pellets at the lasses.

    Jail is like that teacher when it comes to

    Alan Scott Pardew

  • 32 firebug666 // Oct 20, 2016 at 7:45 AM


    Aye mate, if he gets the England job at least we know not to get our expectation up.

    His apologists will argue he was badly treated at Newcastle, and not let the truth get in the way, the reality is he was complicit in every aspect of his whopping eight year contract, even going above and beyond to sing Ashley’s praises. Lies followed lies and were compounded by more lies.

    Now he has left he starts to squeal like a pig and point the finger of blame. “it was him, he did it”

    Horrible cretinous creature, should have been put down years ago.

  • 33 Mag52 // Oct 20, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    If anyone seriously thinks that the club is now being run under Rafa in the same way as it was under Pardew and McClaren, then they’re not keeping up with what’s happening.

  • 34 firebug666 // Oct 20, 2016 at 8:04 AM


    I don’t think anyone could think that now marra, Rafa talks to the fans, and lets us know what is happening, he give the press un – stage managed interviews, and talks at his press conferences without bendy Wendy’s restrictions.

    The players have responded to his positive changes, and the light that was at the end of the tunnel is now a blaze of sunshine.

    Long may it all continue.

  • 35 Rotonda heights // Oct 20, 2016 at 8:09 AM

    Alan, the process of continually hiring unprofessional, arrogant and deluded, failed Z lister English managers such as yourself and SM is what Ashley got wrong.

    Maybe your combined gross ineptitude ironically in the end finally got us a top manager.

  • 36 Rotonda heights // Oct 20, 2016 at 8:12 AM


    CP losing at home to WHU who couldn’t previously buy a point could mean normal service has resumed

  • 37 Jail for Ashley // Oct 20, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    If anyone seriously thinks that anyone seriously thinks that the club is being run the same way as before has got their head stuck so far up Pardews ar $e they need it surgically removed.
    How on earth can you be so pro Pardew while maintaining a massive anti Mike Ashley stance. It’s like advocating the burning of heretics while telling people you don’t believe in God. The two went hand in hand, Pardew was an integral part of the plan to keep us in eternal mediocrity, how can you excuse him for dedicating a win to Mike Ashley after we didn’t sign a single player or telling us we couldn’t compete with Swansea or Southampton. He signed that eight year deal knowing he’d never compete for that FA cup he apparently loves so much. A liar, cheat and fraud, how you can’t see that is beyond me.

  • 38 Rotonda heights // Oct 20, 2016 at 8:15 AM


    playing barca with 11 is hard, without your keeper a total nightmare.

  • 39 Rotonda heights // Oct 20, 2016 at 8:18 AM


    I think it’s killing mag 52 that we now have a successful foreign manager in charge, rather than a fraud and wide boy who had one good season.

  • 40 Rotonda heights // Oct 20, 2016 at 8:23 AM


    with the best in the world i think rafa knows what he’s doing. not fussed on hoofball to mitro not being used at all. 4231 is working a treat.

  • 41 clinath@ed // Oct 20, 2016 at 8:41 AM

    “The financial element came first, then the technical side of it.”
    So where, exactly, did you fit in – Clown!

  • 42 kilbane // Oct 20, 2016 at 9:52 AM

    I know it may be a high expectation but say we win or get to the final of the EFL or FA cup, we’d be in the Europa league playoffs right?

    Why not give it a go? I’d like to see NUFC in Premiership and Europe next season.


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