Alan Pardew Takes Another Dig At Newcastle

Alan Pardew has been interviewed in the Guardian today on what he is trying to accomplish at Crystal Palace, where he was given more control than he ever had at Newcastle in the four years he managed on Tyneside.

But he keeps getting little digs in at Newcastle, which are unnecessary – and we have to remember that Newcastle will be the biggest club Alan will ever manages in his  career.

alan pardew at home to everton

Alan Pardew while at Newcastle from December 2010 – December 2014

While Alan did very well in the 2011-2012 season when we did great and finished 5th top – we were fighting relegation most of the rest of the time and Alan finally left the club in late 2014.

After Pardew left we didn’t do too much better and we were relegated last season under the very woeful Steve McClaren who got 24 points from 28 games before he was fired and Rafa Benitez came in.

Alan Pardew has talked about the possibility of managing England and this is what he had to say:

“When people ask me about England – well, if I was still at Newcastle, I’d be pretty keen on that England job.” (ouch!!!)

“But, with all this here at Palace, I’m left thinking: ‘Why would I really want to leave this club now?’”

“Obviously I’d like to win trophies, and that’s very difficult even if we did come ever so close last season.”

“But that isn’t the only way to measure success. Success can be a legacy. Maybe I can create one here.”

“So that one day, people look back and say: ‘When Pardew was there that was a great period for the club.’”

The two best things owner Mike Ashley has ever done at Newcastle were both this year – first of all he appointed world-class Rafa Benitez as manager and persuaded him to stay on even when we were relegated last season.

The second thing he did was to give Rafa full control of all football matters at the club and he has stayed out of the way and in the background as Managing Director Lee Charnley runs  the club with Rafa.

That new role that Mike Ashley has at Newcastle – he’s basically not involved in the running of the club – is starting to pay off big time with Newcastle top of the Championship and averaging over 50,000 home gates at St. James’ Park.

It’s a  strange thing to say, but if Mike Ashley continues to stay in the background he could become one of the most successful owners in the Premier League in a couple of years time.

That’s because Rafa has big plans and ambitions for the sleeping giant called Newcastle United and he wants to win trophies – which is the main reason he stayed on at the club.


We hope that’s exactly what happens.

Comments welcome.

37 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Oct 21, 2016 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #1

    You mentioned England in that little tale did you, Alan? Well all I can say is you are fast running out of legacy – building opportunities mate. Keep plugging away though eh? You never know when the FA will turn up at your doorstep, cap in hand.

  • Griff-toon

    Oct 21, 2016 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #2

    Well you sertainly didnt create one at Newcastle

  • firebug666

    Oct 21, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #3

    There is only one thing to say to that interview:-

    Arrrrrrhhhhh hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

  • Tsunki

    Oct 21, 2016 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #4

    He speaks from a position of strength though, doesn’t he? The King’s residency at the Palace of Crystal has indeed been a beacon of quality that would get him an international managers job anywhere.

  • Budge123

    Oct 21, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #5

    Stuart No9 from previous thread.
    Forest used to have a ‘friendly ‘ stand where supporters of either team could sit. Not sure that is still the case but if so it would boost the numbers available

  • Griff-toon

    Oct 21, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #6

    Cant wait for Diame to hit some form. He needs a goal to get going. I believe we will be unstoppable when he does.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 21, 2016 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #7

    Alan Perdition, isn’t he part of a bad dream I once had.

    Other than that can’t remember him.

  • firebug666

    Oct 21, 2016 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #8


    I think that bad dream of you’rs may have stemmed from mass hysteria that developed into a living nightmare. Thank god it’s all over.

  • hibbit

    Oct 21, 2016 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #9


    unfortunately with articles like this some of us are still having flashbacks

  • lesh

    Oct 21, 2016 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #10

    Yes, when Newcastle fans look back, we’ll be remembering Pardew’s tenure but not quite in the same way as he thinks Palace fans’ll view his time there.

    And, from a couple of threads back, Rafa’s comments about where defending and attacking starts, the latter with Darlow or Sels, makes me wonder whether he’s lining up Sels to start against Ipswich? Were his words an inadvertant indication of his thoughts or were they deliberate to wrong-foot McCarthy?

    Just a thought

  • giimps

    Oct 21, 2016 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #11

    Quite frankly , i dont give a flying fork what fraudew says about anything, he caused this relegation by being complicit and not telling cashley the way he was running the club would inevitably end in tears.
    He started the downfall by his own inaction and because this was followed by Carvew who did the same , Mccarvew was hampered by his own inadequacy especially as well as the club not buying the correct tools to do the job.
    Thankfully though, we have a football man in charge of footballing matters and the club, and the fruits of his not insubstantial labours are coming to fruition ………However, he may not have been here if Mccarvew had been given the tools to keep us in mid table……….cheers Mccarvew for allowing the club to engineer its own downfall and giving us possibly the best chance we will ever have of being succesful under this owner and his restrictions……….Hwtl
    Anita, lascelles, clarke dummet
    Shelvey colback
    Ritchie Perez Gouffran

  • firebug666

    Oct 21, 2016 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #12


    Stay calm mate and repeat, “it’s not real, it’s all over now”.

    That’s what I do whenever the inept one is mentioned. Plus I don’t have to sue Ed for Mental Torture! 😀

  • lesh

    Oct 21, 2016 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #13


    We humans have the capacity to blank negative memories.

  • hibbit

    Oct 21, 2016 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #14



  • Shadow_Shearer

    Oct 21, 2016 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #15

    I don’t like Pardew, firstly cause he’s a shit manager, & 2nd he thinks to much of himself. Loves his own voice & media attention.

    Anyway, he’s not having a dig at the club or the fans. He’s having digs at ashley. Which I feel is understandable considering all the bad & fustrating times he’s given us. How many times have we shouted abuse at ashley through the telly, or expressed a hated towards him

  • Jib

    Oct 21, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #16

    Chancel was out against Barnsley because of grass burns ! Recovered now but Murphy still has a dodgy ankle.

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 21, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #17

    Jib…I thought you were good at this cut and paste malarkey?

    I wrote:

    “Since when do we Newcastle fans judge people by silverware won? It’s an emotional ride in the main part”

    Whereas you quote me as saying:

    “It’s an emotional ride in the main part , for we Newcastle fans”

    I get what you mean, obviously for someone who hasn’t been to SJP (me) it’s not likely to be very physical.

    However, as I’m sure you know, I was referring to the idea of success and winning. Keegan and Shearer were, for me, wins, in an emotional sense, rather than by winning silverware.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 21, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #18

    Grass Burns, Is he the man from the Simpsons?

    Didn’t set his flying monkeys on Chancel perchance.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 21, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #19

    That’s what boils my piss with Mag52, he claims to be anti Mike Ashley yet Pardew was his chief mouthpiece beyond the call of duty. Like sticking up for the bitch of Buchenwald!

  • lesh

    Oct 21, 2016 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #20


  • lesh

    Oct 21, 2016 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #21


    Chancel out with grass burns? Let’s hope they’re not on his chest!!

  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 21, 2016 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #22

    If Pardew continues licking the FAs arse, he’ll get the job.

  • Jib

    Oct 21, 2016 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #23

    Mr Lee Ryder’s take on Rafa’s presser

  • Jib

    Oct 21, 2016 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #24

    I once missed a rugby match with carpet burns on me knees !

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 21, 2016 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #25

    That’ll learn you for not biting the pillow!

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 21, 2016 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #26

    Haha, the man’s a massive tit who loves himself far too much to be classed as anything close to normal.


  • Average_Contents

    Oct 21, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #27

    I bet the other ladies were gutted you’d missed it jizzum.

    Gutted they Missed you breaking through the middle like a smelly soggy sh1t.

    Haranguing ibiza for never going yet your allegiance has always been questioned because your a little rat.

    Isn’t that right.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 21, 2016 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #28

    I think it’s time to draw a line under that level of banter!

  • Tsunki

    Oct 21, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #29

    Got to hand it to Ed for ramping up the ire, by having the overnight article headed by the Silver Haired Regent, one finger pointed in the air to either signal to Dummett where the ball should go, or drawing attention to Iron Mikes presence on the far post.

    This from our Blog MC who has a well-documented distaste for those dastardly chaps of the Pardew Out! Crew / rabble / mob / gathering / collection / crowd / flock / herd / throng / pogrom / gang……

  • Tsunki

    Oct 21, 2016 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #30

    Btw Ed, not being picky but Mike Ashleys role as a “hands-free” owner aint new. He’s just made it less likely he has to get involved.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 21, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #31

    I had a bit of a fall out with Ed over his stance on the mob/rabble/crew. I wonder how much pressure the very active at the time Lee Marshall and Wendy Taylor put on him to back the regime. I wonder what happened to those two?

  • Jib

    Oct 21, 2016 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #32

    Well said Jail @28

  • Jib

    Oct 21, 2016 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #33

    Todays training session

    good luck with the bingoringodingo chaps

  • Goromagpie

    Oct 21, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #34

    Murphy not seen in training. So , it is Gona be Gayle starting with mitro on bench.
    Dummett and gouffran look good.

  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Oct 21, 2016 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #35

    doesnt draw a line under translate to making sure its noticed or to accentuate the above?

  • Jib

    Oct 21, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #36

    Murphy got an iffy ankle apparently

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 21, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #37


    Never thought I’d see the day, each to their own though eh.


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