Former Manager – Newcastle As Good As It Gets At Swansea

Alan Pardew is a big fan of Rafa Benitez – basically because he knows how good Rafa is and that he’s a world-class manager.

You could see the friendship between the two managers last year when they met when Rafa had joined Newcastle, and Alan was the manager of Crystal Palace in a game we won 1-0 at St. James’ Park.

Alan is now working for Sky Sports, and he’s been quite complimentary to Newcastle so far and was impressed with our performance at Swansea on Sunday afternoon.

Alan is between jobs because Alan still wants to be on the front line and become a manager again – which is unlike some former managers and players who settle in as pundits.

Alan Pardew – Sky Sports pundit

This is what Alan said about Newcastle’s display on Sunday:

“Rafa will have been very, very happy – it was a really good, sound performance, and I can’t think of one Newcastle player who didn’t play well,”

“I thought Newcastle were very good. If you take into account the early pressure Swansea had, they let them come through the middle but didn’t give them any kind of space in there, nice and compact.”

“Then Newcastle started to create more and more threats as that half went on. The second half was almost a carbon copy, then they got the goal.”

“You have to say that as an away-game blueprint, that was as good as it gets.”

And Alan surprisingly thought that Matt Ritchie’s challenge on Mawson when Matt caught the Swansea defender on the arm was worse than Sadio Mane’s dismissal for a similar challenge the day before.

The Liverpool forward caught Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson on his face with his boot and received a red card for that challenge whereas Matt received only a yellow.

This is what Pardew said about that incident:

“I actually think that Ritchie’s is worse than Sadio Mane’s – his standing leg is off the floor.”

The thing we like about Alan being a pundit is that at least he’s done the job as a front-line manager for 17 years – and it’s not an easy job by any means.

And as we know Alan has had his challenges as a manager at both Newcastle and at Crystal Palace.

Alan’s views were even shared by Swansea boss Paul Clement who after the game confessed that Newcastle were better in every aspect of the game than the Swans and he was unhappy with his own side’s performance.

Some real class and honesty there from the Swansea manager.

The good news today is that Rafa Benitez is now back in Newcastle and working to prepare the team for our home game with Stoke City on Saturday afternoon.

It will not be an easy game, but it’s a match we can win to make it three wins on the trot.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • optimistic prime

    Sep 12, 2017 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #1

    Bring him back, the waffle squad want a change or formation.

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 12, 2017 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #2

    what does he know?

    it was job done, but i do hope we play better, more like we did vs west ham

  • Thump

    Sep 12, 2017 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #3

    “I can’t think of a single player who didn’t play well.”


    Cheers, Al. Do one.

  • Markaccus

    Sep 12, 2017 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #4

    “His standing leg is off the floor”

    In which case it’s not a standing leg, you buffoon.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 12, 2017 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #5

    RAFA bingo
    The only change could be Atsu for Murphy who on Saturday was OK

    If more
    Maybe Gayle, or Shelvey for Perez to play off Joselu

    Who knows but knowing RAFA’s past team selections there will be changes

  • Markaccus

    Sep 12, 2017 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #6

    High foot is a yellow card. It has been for donky’s ears. You should only get a red if you are intending to muller the player, or if it’s a nonsensical attempt to get the ball with no chance of doing anything other than hurting someone.

  • hibbit

    Sep 12, 2017 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #7

    who the F### is interested what this clown thinks

  • lochinvar

    Sep 12, 2017 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #8

    Dear Alan,
    It’s been a while since we heard from you and me and mam were getting concerned that you had fallen in with wrong’uns.
    We have heard that the midlands and London in particular is a dirty unscrupulous place and that gangs such as “The Pundits ” were recruiting raw talent such as yourself.
    Please keep away from these people as it will only end in tears or another job as manager of West Ham and we couldn’t bear for that to happen to you.
    The parrot is fine and is asking after you “where’s the pretty boy, wheres the pretty boy”
    Do remember to wash behind your ears.
    Aunty Beatrice sends her love.
    The Management

  • Slank

    Sep 12, 2017 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #9


    ‘.who the F### is interested what this clown thinks..’

    Ed apparently.

  • hibbit

    Sep 12, 2017 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #10



  • Krul To Be Kind

    Sep 12, 2017 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #11

    And just for old times sake he threw a couple of ‘frets’ into his analysis!!! 🙂

  • north east lincs toon

    Sep 12, 2017 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #12

    As good a pundit as he was manager shite

  • toon king

    Sep 12, 2017 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #13

    When he left as manager of palace I thought at long last we’d see the end of him but now he works for sky therefore we’ll have to put up with him as a pundit. We’ll have to ask the north koreans to do a missile strike on his house

  • hartlepoolmag

    Sep 12, 2017 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #14

    Obviously Pardews eyesight is going because every picture of the mane foul I’ve yet to see his trailing leg on the ground so where he gets the opinion from that Ritchies was worse because both feet where of the ground is absolute sh*te. TYPICAL PARDEW IDIOT.


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