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Players Coming To Newcastle Must Fight For Their Places

We are starting to like the way Alan Pardew manages his players on Tyneside, and today he says that it’s important that Newcastle bring in the right characters at the club, players who are willing to fight for their places.

Alan Pardew – players coming in must fight for their places

Sounds good to us – because we don’t want any more prima donnas on Tyneside, we had enough of those during our relegation season.

Alan has made a good start to his Newcastle management career, and not by chance either, as he’s shown a lot of experience and savvy common sense, not to change things too much initially at the club.

And he’s managed 3 wins in his first 5 league games at Newcastle, which is not too bad at all.

Compare the way Alan has seamlessly taken over at Newcastle, with the way Gerard Houllier has seemingly upset the apple cart and even some of his players at Aston Villa, and you see what we mean.

Alan told the Evening Chronicle today about his search for new players for Newcastle:

“We’re still looking for a quality player to come into the squad.” “Whoever it is will have a job to get into this team, the way we are playing.”

“Therefore it has to be the right type of character as well.” “If they come here and expect to be in the first-team straight away or have those sort of demands, I’m not interested.”

“They have to come here and earn the right to get in this team and do a good job.”

Players in this day and age cannot ever think their places are guaranteed, but we hope the level of player Alan brings in is at least good enough to be a starter at Newcastle.

Alan then gave an update on yesterday’s news,  when he said they were discussing a player with a particular club, and hoped to even have a signing before the weekend:

“We are discussing with a club a potential signing.” “Whether it happens before the weekend is significant, because whoever it is could get cup-tied this weekend.”

Pardew has a good attitude and listening to the players talk, he seems to have continued the winning mentality that Chris Hughton brought to the club – go into every game thinking you can win it, and have a plan to do just that.

And Alan may even surprise us this season – certainly he’s got the lads playing very good attacking football, and seems to have steadied the defense a bit too.

Well at least in the last couple of games when the lads beat possible relegation teams, Wigan and West Ham.

We have to hope the good form extends to our game tomorrow afternoon at Stevenage, where we hope Newcastle can get through to the next round – and at the first attempt.

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Jan 7, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #1

    This what i most like..thumb up…

    And there some great news, Smith will join Leeds with old NUFC player Woodgate.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 7, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #2

    Very well said AP

    We dont want players here who think their name is automatically on the team sheet and who sulk when its not.

    We want players here who are picked because of their form, I believe AP will do this, and to be fair I did not see CH doing this (i.e. Nolan)

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 7, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Is the transfer deadline 5PM today for players to be in tomorrows squad??

  • slazberger

    Jan 7, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #4

    i think weve all had our fill of players who think they should get picked regardless of how poorly they have been playing or how well a rival player has been playing.

    alot of our fowards in the season we got relegated spring to mind

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 7, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Sky are offering 8/1 on Smith and Woodgate joining Leeds.

    Betting suspended on Becks joining Spuds.

    Becks to Spuds = Bentley to us.

  • G

    Jan 7, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #6

    Strong rumours doing the mill this morn that Bentley is talking to Fulham today, as London is his prefered location, and he has a bit of history with Mark Hughes from Blackburn, there may be something to it? Or it could be the press talking more ‘Barry White’?

  • Stuart

    Jan 7, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #7

    I hope we don’t pay £8m for Bentley though if we can get Larsson for £1.5m. I certainly can’t see us buying both.

  • G

    Jan 7, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #8

    I would take Bentley in a heartbeat, but I wouldn’t be upset signing Larsson either. If we could get both I would be even happier, as Bentley played reasonably well on the left wing at Norwich City.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 7, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #9

    I wouldnt pay £8M for Bentley, and like you say, London his his prefered destination which knocks us back down the pecking order for him.

    Larsson would be a better acquisition at a much better price, plus he is a year younger than Bentley.

    But as we know, it might not be either of these players, I think it may be Max Gradel from Leeds, with Smith involved on a loan.

  • carrollsinger

    Jan 7, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Who the he’ll is it there’s talk it’s a man city player any ideas hoping it’s adebyor lol

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 7, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #11

    @ G // Jan 7, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    You suggesting:

    Larsson | Barton | Nolan/Tiote | Bentley

    Some Midfield that!

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 7, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #12

    @ carrollsinger // Jan 7, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Adebayor opitomises bad attitude, I cant see him coming.

    What about Jo?

    Citeh have so many players it would be hard to guess who it could be.

  • G

    Jan 7, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #13

    NUFC_Richyg01 @ post 11. Throw a fit HBA into the mix, and now imagine the competition, combined with the sublime skills and passing ability! Some midfield, with some bench!

  • craigcoozy

    Jan 7, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #14

    13:2o and still no sign of players arriving

  • Brutooon

    Jan 7, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #15

    Alan Smith to leeds would be a good transfer (even if we dont buy anyone)

    High wages
    Crap player
    He is only good in motivating players, then be a coach
    Old 30 yrs old

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 7, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #16

    From this video, I think we are certainly after a winger:


    Strange response from AP when Bentley is mentioned like!

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 7, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #17

    Bentley deal may be a loan:

    “Redknapp said Bentley was frustrated at Spurs and would go out on loan. He also said Tottenham had agreed a fee with Birmingham City for Ireland captain Robbie Keane and it was up to the striker whether he joined the Midlands club. “

  • Stuart

    Jan 7, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #18

    wheres ben arfa in that?

  • Irish Geordie1

    Jan 7, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #19

    dont mind bentley dont mind larsson or backham or keane. were already the 4th highest scorers in the league….. WE NEED QUALITY DEFENDERS- FACT

  • Cockney Magpie

    Jan 7, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #20

    I love pards

  • geoff777

    Jan 7, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #21

    lol – “I wouldnt pay £8M for Bentley”

    like its your money …

    It’s Ashley’s cash so we’ll have 3 Bentleys and a second-hand Larsson …

  • coolcatcarter89

    Jan 7, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #22

    I’d take Larsson for a relatively nominal fee, Vela on loan with scope for a permanent signing. Bentley has an unfounded swagger and lacks work ethic, Larsson can do everything Bentley can, without the need to feel pampered. I just want these riddles to end more than anything!

  • MacToon

    Jan 7, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #23

    Hey Craig, looks like the meeting between carroll and Lambiarse the other day was to give Carroll the tickets for Dubai 😉


  • Stuart

    Jan 7, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #24

    Howay geoff,

    Do you honestly think the fat controller is going to break the bank this window?

    We’re looking for bargain quality players at the minute. Bentley should be one of them but they’re being greedy.

    In my opinion there isnt a great difference between him and larsson, the only difference is about £6.5m which could be spent on maybe 2 or 3 other players aswell.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 7, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #25

    SSN have Toon linked with Mauricio Victorino:


  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 7, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #26

    I like Pardew’s chat to best

    ” Why should I keep you here, no goals, no assists !”

    Hope he says that to smith !!!

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 7, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #27

    @ geoff777 // Jan 7, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    “lol – “I wouldnt pay £8M for Bentley”

    like its your money …”

    Not my money no, but there is as much chance of me paying £8M for him as there is Ca$hely!

  • craigcoozy

    Jan 7, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #28

    Mactoon, may of been just to tell him they received offer for him who knows!

  • chuck

    Jan 7, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #29

    8mill. for Bentley or 1.5mill. for Larsson ?
    That`s a no brainer for anyone, never mind Ashley.
    The fact is he`s (Larsson) a more versitile player than Bentley, good dead ball kicker, tracks back, gets his goals, for a mill and a half, a deal !

  • nuttyward

    Jan 7, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #30

    lets get the 2 of them

  • ardenTOON

    Jan 7, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #31

    larrson definitely if the fees bandied about are tru…and wen Arry’s dealing be very csreful

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jan 7, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #32

    has anyone got the twitter links please?

  • ochytoon

    Jan 7, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #33

    I like Pardew’s chat to best

    ” Why should I keep you here, no goals, no assists !”

    “Hope he says that to smith !!!”

    Hope he says that to Xisco!!!


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