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Pardew Still The Right Man For The Job

Dietmar Hamann had a good World Cup for Germany in the summer of 1998 in France, and he was signed by Newcastle for £5.5M in that summer by then manager Kenny Dalglish, but he stayed only for one season before joining Liverpool during the following summer for £8M.

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Didi Hamann while at Newcastle

And the 41 year-old former 59 times capped German International midfielder still thinks Alan Pardew is the right man for the job at Newcastle.

Didi had this to say to the Express today.

“Well I think Mike Ashley came out and backed him,” “I hope he stays there. He’s in his fifth season. When you talk about managers getting the sack or being under pressure, the most important thing is whether there is life in the team.”

“There was plenty of life in the team and they came back.” . “They are still pulling in the same direction.” “They are still pulling in the same direction. They just need a win.”

“They need that luck so that they can turn things around.” “They need to get a win as soon as possible and the dust will settle. The team is very talented and capable.”

“The longer you go without win, the pressure builds but there is a good relationship between Pardew and the board.”

Didi played 31 times for Newcastle with 5 goals in that one season, but he pushed for a move to Liverpool in the summer of 1999, when Frenchman Gerard Houllier was in charge of the Reds.

He ended up playing 280 times for Liverpool with 11 goals, before joining Manchester City in 2006, where he stayed for three seasons and played 71 times with one goal.

Most Newcastle fans want to see Alan Pardew replaced as the Newcastle manager.

Should Alan Pardew Be Fired As Newcastle Manager?

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91 comments so far

  • Markaccus

    Sep 24, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #41


    My classical quotes are becoming Julius Caesar-esque


  • Markaccus

    Sep 24, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #42

    I came, I saw, I couldn’t fcuking believe he stuck with the same Farting formation.

  • 70TWO

    Sep 24, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #43

    @39 lol

  • G

    Sep 24, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #44

    @41. One of Ceasar’s finest quotes. Shakespear just didn’t do that one justice!

  • 70TWO

    Sep 24, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #45

    TheToonKing – most peopl would say the same, Pardew has no idea of what a good player looks like and struggles when they do not fit his profile.

  • cyprus

    Sep 24, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #46

    I like most formations above though I’d rest socks too, plenty of MF looking to break through. Definitely rest Goof

  • croftus5678

    Sep 24, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #47

    my team would be ;


  • 70TWO

    Sep 24, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #48

    Lilongwe Geordie @31 – that is a lot of ‘hope’.

  • Markaccus

    Sep 24, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #49


    There was also “Et tu brute? No way! You cant seriously pick obertan!”

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 24, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #50

    Not really, it is exactly the same as we try to do now, only 20/30 yards higher up the pitch.

  • cyprus

    Sep 24, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #51

    We need to be all guns blazing if we are to get anything from Stoke and if we are not to be humiliated by ‘mighty’ Swansea, ‘Routledge not good enough for us and the next level we are about to hit’.
    Sorry, can’t forgive him that unnecessary humiliation of a player and good lad who in any case has been quite good in that team.
    And sorry it this post is all over the place 😉

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 24, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #52

    Once again a pundit with a utterly basic of withdrawn view of things. Yet, as soon as these pundits a actually watch a games in full, they’re usually tearing us to pieces. Neville etc.

    Even thick Tony Gale was praising Pardew yet slaughtering the team not being able to understand why we were so poor. Idiot.

  • cyprus

    Sep 24, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #53

    Small phone

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 24, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #54


    no not at all

    Ed does not need to post comment from any ex player, what he should be doing is listening to the clubs own fans
    and right now its a land slide , his own poll shows 82% want him gone, so I would hardly say anyone that disagrees with me
    all we have is guys coming on various media outlets to have there say on something they know very little about

  • cyprus

    Sep 24, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #55

    Talking of pundits, FINALLY last night they (won’t say names to protect them!) analysed demi-god Gerrard’s shortcomings as a defensive MF. Sacrilege I know 🙂 But, how to bench him and not face revolution? Not our problem I know, just a random thought.

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 24, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #56

    Laurent Robert 32

    I posted the same thing a few weeks ago about gale

    what an idiot

  • Whumpie

    Sep 24, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #57

    ToonKing: interesting post. Horse’s mouth and all that.

    I can’t get my head around why he was loaned out with nobody coming in. Just daft.

    On the other hand, I also can’t reconcile in my head how he can be so good in other leagues but so bad here. For every decent game he had (I think there were only one or two) he seemed to have several absolute shockers. He seemed terrified of players and made awful decisions.

    One side of me thinks “Tevez all over again, Mr Pardew” but the other thinks “Luque all over again, Mr Carr”.

    Probably a bit of both. I don’t think he has the psyche for the PL, and I don’t think Pardew has the knowledge of how to integrate that kind of player. End result: gone. Frustrating.

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 24, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #58


    I said the same about Stevie G last season.

    he is my fave player to come out of the premiership, but he is past it for both Liverpool and England.

    they will struggle until he is replaced

  • Go toon gooooo

    Sep 24, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #59

    —–Anita—-Steven Taylor—Collocini-Haidara-
    ——-Obertan—————-Black hole
    ————–Demba Cisse———————

    Winning formation.

  • Toon Tang

    Sep 24, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #60

    Life… blink, you miss it.

  • Our Toon

    Sep 24, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #61

    I think we should play the strongest team possible however I expect AP not to do so. My team for tonight would be:

    Janmaat, Willo, Saylor, Haidara
    Bigi, Abeid
    Ameobi, Chucky, Perez

  • Our Toon

    Sep 24, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #62

    Not Bigi….Anita instead

  • Whumpie

    Sep 24, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #63

    There’s actually some good teams posted on here. We’ve got good choices in the middle and at least our three CBs are currently all available; it’s just putting the ball in the sodding net that’s the problem.

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 24, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #64


    no reply from you?

    and of course , we do have a decent squad, one day you might see that

  • Whumpie

    Sep 24, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #65

    Catchy – I do get what you say, but I’d argue two things:

    Firstly, this blog is nothing like representative of the fan base. It’s the very vociferous, anti-establishment (you could argue, quite negative) minority. More balanced and positive-biased fans don’t tend to come here in numbers, but there’s always a good argument to be had here. A poll result on here doesn’t mean much out there, and that was borne out on Saturday when the ‘mass protests’ were just embarrassing and a massive Ashley victory. If anything I’d argue that the matchday crowd are biased the other way, partly because the die-hards have been forced out in disgust or through principle, and partly through Ashley’s very careful ploy to fill the seats with families and those who just want a cheap ticket.

    Secondly, in defence of Ed, it’s his job to offer counterpoint. In the absence of anyone really defending Pardew in the comments it’s become pretty dull on here recently – just the same old rants again and again. Since the Saints game we’ve even been agreeing on it! How dull is that?? 🙂
    So I do think Ed needs to post up the opposing opinions, to give some counterpoint for argument. It’s just good blog management.

    Just sayin. 🙂

  • bladeuser

    Sep 24, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #66

    who cares what the result is as nufc certainly do not why fans spend there money on a long fruitless journey to london to watch them get stuffed and to have a few players spouting off the next day how this worked but we just needed some breaks is just pathetic save your money until these clowns r out of the club to the fans that do go please just once ask yourselves is this really worth the money and hassle

  • Whumpie

    Sep 24, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #67

    Catch – I think we have what will become a good squad; it’s just come up short at the moment, with too many ‘nearly there’ players like Riviere and not enough de Jong and Sissoko types. That’s why I was so gutted when the window closed – brilliant start, utter bilge when it hotted up. Another massive opportunity missed.

    But I do think a new manager would get much more out of the same squad, yes. (I assume that’s what you were getting at?) After Southampton I think we’re looking at the cumulative impact of Pardew’s own failings (poor formations, headbutts, etc.) plus Ashley’s abbrasive strategy.

    A new manager won’t do much, but it may reverse the slide for a bit. Only a new owner will do more than that.

  • Belfast

    Sep 24, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #68

    I expect us to lose tonight to be honest, and the following two games after this.

    I think Pardew will be in deep poo again by the next home game.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 24, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #69

    Whumpie, the news relating to Jonas most definitely had an affect to the atmosphere on Saturday I think. Plus, the bin liners full of banners which were (wrongfully) confiscated. Stewards were also taking them from fans within the ground. Big banners are hard to get through as well, so it will look worse than it actually is due to club suppression of fan opinion. No surprise that against Southampton away there were a lot more banners on show.

    Plus, there are a number of passionate fans who just will not attend the match due to Ashley and Pardunce.

    Polls in the Chronicle as well as here are only a sample size, but still a relevant one.

    You could also argue that the votes to keep Pardew in were made by mischievous Sunderland fans amongst others, which in itself makes the already dramatically high figures look less.

    Ashley out, Pardew out.

  • martoon

    Sep 24, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #70

    Whumpie @64 – I fully agree and tried to point this out the other day to be dismissed with all fans attending matches are mindless zombies.

  • Belfast

    Sep 24, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #71

    The next 5 premier league games

    Stoke away
    Swansea away
    Leicester home
    Spurs away
    Liverpool home

    Easy enough lol

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 24, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #72


    I think if you look at all the various polls right now, 80-90% say he is not good enough. and as for you saying this place is not a true reflection on what people think, you could not be further from the truth,

    in the last 3 weeks , the amount of what I call pro pardew have now gone against him that have defended him for all this time or tried to look at it “more balanced ” is unbelievable . they look at the facts and now see the truth, Ashley is to blame for some things, but based on purely football, p45 has no leg to stand on

    as for ed posting pointless articles from people who have no idea what is going on up here, they have no interest in what is going on up here, up here could be hell for all they care, so why should we care about what others like that think?

    im yet to get one thread from ED on what he actually thinks,
    its the people that come on here that make the site, not the crap he posts,

    this is no longer about eds love for NUFC, this is just a small business venture trying to direct traffic to a site..

    maybe he might come back to posting his real thoughts one day

    wumpie, even I could get this squad playing better than what it is,, it not hard, LET the players play in there best position, and get more bodies in the box, concentrate on our strengths, stop trying to focus on others weaknesses,
    its far easier to get us playing better football if we had 4 days focusing o how to attack and finish and 1 day looking at the team we are about to play, we train 4 days defending against a different set up every week, what can you learn from that,, you willonly end up confused

    woooopppps we already are

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 24, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #73

    Martoon, I replied to your incorrect wording of all fans who attend matches are zombies.

    I’ll repeat it again for you so you take it in.

    All fans who go to the games certainly are not zombies. I implied in my post that the ones who either support the manager or those, like me, who severely dislike the manager yet stay silent are zombies as they are not speaking out either way. They are seemingly quite happen to let the club waste away to the bottom of the league without either cheering on the team or making their feelings known about the manager and/or regime to get them out.

    A lot of the pro-team cheering was actually done by the same anti-Pardew fans which a few seem to dismiss as non-support.

    We are bottom of the league and Pardew is continuing his form of previous clubs by breaking all kinds of abysmal records.

    Pardew out, Ashley out.

  • Frank pingles come sock

    Sep 24, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #74

    Strong line up.

    we haven’t got a strong line up.

    surely we all watched the palace home game???

    that was our Strongest team.

    I say strong with a snigger…

    They only need to put out the same team as they did last time and they will beat us.

    We will go with 5 or 6 ‘first teamers’ and the rest will be usual poor reserves

    3-0 to palace.

    why we didnt sign two decent centre halfs and a centre forward only Mike ashley knows.

    Tv money – no ambition.

    whats the point in me paying £130 tonight – with travel,ticket,food.

    no point, but its because i love football and love newcastle but i dont love the chairman,owner,manager and some of the players!!!

    they arent good enough.

    managing isnt too difficult, can we not spot players early?

    jordan rhodes , charlie austin , danny ings, lalaana, nathan redmond, Pogba, cahill when he was at villa, lennon when he was at leeds, Bale at southampton, Walcott at southampton. ben davies when he broke into the swansea team/wales team.

    these could have been bought when they started to show potential a few years before anyone else – we could have paid a 2 or 3 million max of million.

    I am not saying all of them will make it huge, but you could still get your money back on them if not.

    The only initiative i have seen is the two lads from Forest which we loaned back out (we could do with them now!!)

    what about there centre forward that forest have got from peterborough who was released by watford? not worth a gamble??

    its annoying seeing championship clubs spending 2 or 3 million on these players and then selling them on for 8-10 million.

    why do we not have scouts that can see developing young players from england? early!!!

    Every single player we look at is usually french, – comonnn… at least look in other places.

    Africa, asia and the rest of europe. surely we could find 1 centre forward better than what we currently have in the whole world!!!!!!!

  • Frank pingles come sock

    Sep 24, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #75

    Whumpie // Sep 24, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    There’s actually some good teams posted on here. We’ve got good choices in the middle and at least our three CBs are currently all available; it’s just putting the ball in the sodding net that’s the problem.


    No there is not

  • Blofal

    Sep 24, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #76

    I would play
    Janmaat – Saylor – Colo – Haidara
    Sissoko – Abeid – Anita – Ameobi

  • mag92

    Sep 24, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #77

    Hamann, thinks that the king is okay for Newcastle United, but not for Liverpool. The guy showed Newcastle zero loyalty when he done off to his beloved Liverpool.

  • toonicle

    Sep 24, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #78

    I’d like to see Ferreyra and Perez get start tonight, 2 up top and attack a weakened palace.

  • Markaccus

    Sep 24, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #79

    The definition of the term “pro pardew” is, and always has been in question. There are people on here who would say “you used to be pro pardew” to another person, but that person would say “no, i just gave him more time to prove he was worth his position than others”

    I gave him loads. I was fully aware that he wasnt going to be the man to take us to the bigger things (UCL) but was willing to give him more than just a season or so. Most of his Transfer windows have been destroyed by Ashley, but for me, he can only use that ONE excuse a few times each season, when lack of depth in the needed positions is directly to blame. Other than that, despite having attacking players who WANT to get forward, he insists time and time again on setting up not to lose. Which we inevitably do more often than not.
    Many people can now say “Told you so. He cant change from being a tactical dinosaur” To which i will say (in fact i did at the start of the season) fair enough. You were right. Hands up on that one.

    But “Pro Pardew” suggests someone is actually a fan of him and his ‘style’. No.

    The bloke started out ok, not pretty but we seemed to be getting harder to beat. I had a little sympathy in the early days for him getting shat on with transfers, but since it is now clear he is complicit in these decisions and wont raise an issue over it, he can fcuk off.

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 24, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #80


    lost 6 top players and a great manager, didn’t break the bank to replace them and got a good footballing manager. Didn’t seem to need the 12 games to gel that AP is on about.


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