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Nolan – Pardew A Fantastic Manager – Brilliant At Newcastle

When Chris Hughton was surprisingly fired in early December six years ago, captain Kevin Nolan was not happy  and neither were the players, who had worked hard with Chris to get the team promoted the season before.

Kevin had talked with the oncoming manager Alan Pardew to try to help sort things out at the time.

Alan Pardew seemed very keen to settle the Newcastle players down and of course it was not his fault that Chris was so unfairly fired by Derek Llambias, the Managing Director at the time.


Kevin Nolan and Alan Pardew at Newcastle

Newcastle saw out that season OK although we were short of strikers after we sold Andy Carroll to Liverpool for £35M on January 31st, 2011.

But Kevin didn’t stay around under Pardew and left for West Ham in June of 2011 after he couldn’t get Newcastle to give him a five year deal to stay on Tyneside.

So Kevin didn’t play a long time under Alan, but he seems to have been impressed with what he saw in those seven months under the now Crystal Palace manager.

Kevin has been speaking on talkSPORT on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show and he had this to say:

“They’re just lingering above that relegation zone now.” “Before that I think they’d won three and drew one, so he needs to get on that kind of run again.”

“Alan is a fantastic manager, what he did at Newcastle was brilliant you know, I saw that for myself.”

“His man-management skills are really good but technically, tactically, everything about him, he looks at everything.”

“He’s recruited really well but I think he’s had a few injuries here and there, Yohan Cabaye hasn’t been firing on all cylinders.”

“I don’t want to see him lose his job, Crystal Palace have got to stick with him… he’ll get it right.”

Alan did great in his first 18 months at Newcastle and in his first full season with Kevin gone and Yohan Cabaye in the side, we finished in 5th place.

Pardew was Manager of the Year, the first and only time a Newcastle manager has won the award.

But Alan then ran into difficulties mainly because our squad was too small and he labored for the remaining 30 months of his tenure, before he left at the end of 2014 when the fans turned against him.

One of the things about Alan is it’s either feast of famine and he goes on long successful runs but they are followed by (often long) poor runs.

When Alan joined Palace he saved them from relegation by putting together a number of wins in early 2015 but last season they finished 6th bottom on 42 points, just 5 points above us.

Crystal Place are on a  bad run at the moment with four straight Premier League defeats and Palace are  5th bottom on 11 points – just one point above the drop zone.

And Alan is under the kind of pressure he had at Newcastle in those final two years.

To be fair to Alan he got little support from people like Chief Scout Graham Carr who seemed to bring in players he liked with little regard to the strengths and weaknesses of the Newcastle side.

We expect Pardew to be able to get Palace out of their current slump, but it’s something that seems to happen with the manger – he’s either on a good run or a bad run – and there seems little or nothing in between.

But a surprise is how much Kevin Nolan rated him as a manager in the seven short months they were at Newcastle together

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Spoof

    Nov 19, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #1

    Interesting that so many players speak so highly of him, even Joey Barton speaks highly of him and that is saying something.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 19, 2016 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #2

    I think Kevin must have just left Andy Carroll house after a night on the marching powder.

  • Jib

    Nov 19, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #3

    To be fair
    I’ve never heard a player bad mouth Carver or criticise McClaren !

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 19, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #4

    I think it is very far fetched to say he done a fantastic job bar that one season, (is Martinez remembered as doing a fantastic job at Everton) but he done well not to relegate us given the ridiculous policies he worked under albeit willingly.

  • Spoof

    Nov 19, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #5


    The crowd were bad mouthing them to such a volume that you couldn’t here the players lol.

    On a serious note, very rarely do you here a player criticise a manager, after all they do have to be perceived as being professional and respectful, silence is golden and they can hide their views with silence, but both Barton and Nolan have actually praised Pardew publicly, they didn’t have to do that but they did, to me that speaks volumes.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 19, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #6

    You are right about Dummet proving himself at PL level, he has proved he’s not good enough.

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 19, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #7

    I think the loons who blamed pardew for everything at nufc need to realise that their football knowledge is nothing compared to ex players like Nolan. Pardew is an irritant but given finances and a free hand he should have a team like palace lower mid table. I don’t like either party and hope they go down.


    Nov 19, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #8

    Both Barton and Nolan want manager jobs in the future and u can’t do that without contacts so neither will burn any bridge they have. It’s rare anyone slags anyone off in the press tbf

    And just because I spied it in the last thread Dummett has shown himself to be a Championship LB whose played in the PL


    Nov 19, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #9

    Given finances and a free hand Palace should be lower mid table? Is that not failure?


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