Do we play better football under Pardew?

Time for Pardew to show us his style.
With little gossip going on at the moment it gives us a bit of time to ponder some other, perhaps deeper, aspects of football and Newcastle United.

Now this article is mainly spawned from the fact that the bulk of the players we have been linked with are technical players, flair players if you like, with an eye for a pass and the ability to do that something that little bit special. Time will tell if we can get those players to replicate it in the Premier League, or indeed if we sign them at all, but if we do I would say that it’s a pretty safe bet that the style of football at St James’ Park will improve.

This summer should signal the next level of our Premier League evolution. Last season was all about survival whereas the upcoming season the aim, quite rightly, will be that little bit higher both in terms of results and league position, although the two generally tend to go hand in hand.

There is more to it than that though. Us NUFC fans are a special breed when it comes to football. We tend to want to see football played in the right way with a bit of technique and ability as opposed to a more direct style of play such as what Sam Allardyce tried to instill on Tyneside. He didn’t last long…

I think, results aside, that the type of football that we play will be the making or breaking of Alan Pardew. Obviously results are the most important thing, but it’s also important to get those results by playing in the right way, especially at home. I’m not saying we should be cavalier in every home game, but I feel that under Chris Hughton we paid the price for not being positive enough at home sometimes.

Of course as a manager you can only work with what you have at your disposal, and lets face it, our current lot are hardly flair players are they? Hard working? Yes. Willing to put in a shift? Yes. Known for their tricks and flicks? No, not really.

Mind you, I do think that the arrival of Pardew has seen us improve the type of football we play, although perhaps some of that is down to the fact that we no longer had the option of lumping it up to Carroll as an outlet. I also think Pardew has generally been more positive at home, which is why we’ve lost only twice at St James’ Park under him. There is still room for improvement though.

That is where this summer comes in, and where this transfer window becomes vitally important for the success of next season. It sounds simple doesn’t it? In actual fact it’s a delicate balance of building on what we already have available to us and complimenting it with the ‘X-Factor’ that these flair players can bring.

That is what we are all waiting to see. It’s all well and good being linked with the Cabaye’s, the Gameiro’s, the Gervinho’s and N’Zogbia’s of the footballing world, but it’s another thing getting them through the door and signed and sealed as Newcastle United players.

That is what I’m waiting to see – whether or not it happens.

P.S – As mentioned yesterday when I was rattling on about dates for your diary, the official release date for the Premier League fixture list has been tracked down. They will be released exactly two weeks today on Friday 17th June at 9am.

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136 thoughts on “Do we play better football under Pardew?

  1. AndyMac…do the hughton stats include the season in the championship (with a premiership team…well virtually the same team that got 12th in the premiership, worse if consider we sold Carroll)?

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  2. i may be wrong like but has anyone noticed that the defence seems to make more mistakes since Pardew took over?

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  3. Forget my last comment…just re-read your original comment mentioning premiership only…doh

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  4. DAN talking money for me ed has at last made a canny point,people might disagree but if l/pool offer 15mil for jose i would snap there hand,50mill oot of l/pool in six months,as long as we spend it on the team

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  5. Ice, I would just give all the money to Carr and tell him to do his magic πŸ˜€

    But yeah it would be a canny deal although personally I’m starting to believe Jose MIGHT stay. Probably just me talking sh*t but yana πŸ™‚

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  6. Josh, we seem to have chopped and changed the defensive because we seem to have picked up a few injuries in them positions more than when Hughton was here.

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  7. I thought the thread was about playing better football not about stats, as stats can be used in many different ways,

    Ice I cant see the Bindippers giving Β£15 mil for a player in the last year of his contract πŸ˜•

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  8. Ice @ 81 – I agree. With some of these players, you have to reverse the situation. I would be pissed if we spent 15m on Enrique (or if we had spent 35m to get Carroll). We may not want to be a “selling” club, but who wouldn’t have swapped Carroll straight up for Cabaye, Gameiro and N’Zogbia? We haven’t gotten all of those players, but we’re in the mix.

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  9. Toonsy, Dan – I agree. Also Gomez isn’t half hitting the back of the net these days like. Surprised none of the mega clubs have snapped him up.

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  10. ime just wondering if ashley is offering jose big bucks to [email protected] l/pool off,

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  11. The main thing that Pardew has the team doing that Hughton didn’t is CLOSING DOWN. Frustrated me under Hughton that we often sat back, giving opponnts time and space. However, under Pardew, Simpson aside, everyone closes down, starting with Shola and Lovenkrands up front. In the Chelsea 2-2 draw I thought both their workrates to unsettle Chelsea’s defence were terrific. Roll on the creative signings and roll on next season. Allez le Toon!

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  12. Ah good old stats, only 2 of those managers matter as only 2 were managing a newly promoted team.
    One of those managers had Judas playing and scoring, one did not, one managed in the second half of the season where you tend to have more injuries one did not, one had a full season shaping his team followed by a full pre season with them one did not……. some fans support/supported both managers when they had/have the job some do not. Some fans would like Pardew to fail just so they can say “I told you so”, the rest are real NUFC fans.

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  13. I was angry at the sacking of Chris like but now i see it was the correct choice. Was dissapointed when Pards come but he has done a decent job to be fair to him. Onwards and upward next season!

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  14. evening lads πŸ˜€

    Got some good news…. im coming home newcastlee πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  15. Richie you forgot to mention that 1 got the team promoted from the CCC and the other 1 got the same team minus the No9 striker to 12th in the Prem πŸ˜†

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  16. RICHIE as dave says you can mix many stats,but then again it wasnt one of the normal bloggers who brought it up,just someone trying to dis the site,not worth a comment m8 πŸ˜‰

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  17. Cheik and Bake, totally agree, always used to pee me off when I was watching us let the opposition have the ball.

    Guardiola at Barca gives his team seven seconds to win the ball back and it seems to work for them πŸ˜‰

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  18. Big dave, this is not twitter..

    and its going great, due to the news @96..

    No more shyte hole sheffield.. :mrgreen:

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  19. dan, my UT will be up to scratch soon, i got pique 89 IF in a pack and hes up for sale atm πŸ˜€

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  20. The ‘nice one’ was for coming back up here πŸ™„

    When you sell him, spend the money wisely πŸ˜‰

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  21. There is a geezer on the bench for France tonight Remy. he was touted around all the EPL clubs last summer but there was no takers. Do any followers if Ligue 1 have an opinion on him as apotential signing. Seen him once last season in an european tie looked half decent

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  22. alreet, cant fecking wait mate, getting some extensions done on the house, hoping to be in by september at the latest..

    And i will dont worry, thinking of making a ligue 1 team

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  23. Toby- He scored 18 in all competitions this year, so I would definitely take him. But he just moved from Nice to Marseille last summer, so I doubt he’s available.

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  24. I really don’t see how people can compare Pardew and CH’s records. One was with carroll, one was w/out carroll plus an insane amount of injuries.

    Pardew may have been forced to attack differently without carroll, but based on our tranfer targets so far, it is clear he favors keeping the ball on the ground with pacey atack minded players. I’m all for it…

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  25. We may not want to be a β€œselling” club, but who wouldn’t have swapped Carroll straight up for Cabaye, Gameiro and N’Zogbia
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    100% agree. And based on the rumoured fees, we’d still have 10M left for Gervinho πŸ˜‰

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  26. Cheers Charlie

    i take it he was benny’s replacement.

    Can’t see there being much more than speculation before the end of July at the earliest. Players and agents as usual will be waiting to see what the big hitters are doing first then the merry go round will commence

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  27. I would ask Davidtoon4life if I were you mate πŸ˜†

    If he doesn’t reply or whatever then I’ll give it a bash πŸ™‚

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  28. DAVE you could be right,ime starting to be [email protected] off with him,hes on canny money against some of players,you want to play for the toon or you dont,just dont stuff us aboot πŸ‘Ώ

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  29. hes not on, is that the lad your always in the party with?
    You think you could ask him for me mate? just im not familiar with the market really.

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  30. And the award for the best name goes too…

    “Cheick and Bake” – Class.

    AndyMac – The thread is about the quality of football (the title “Do we play better football under Pardew?” is the giveaway πŸ˜‰ ) not the results or win ratio so pull your head out your arse ya shirt lifter

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  31. im going on 300k assuming i get about atleast 250 for pique..
    I will probably have about 320k max.

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  32. DAVE batty webs been down but hes nicked,i mean hes found a way round it.hes been on,said he was cutting my pay by half,as toonsy grassed me up saying ive been slacking πŸ˜₯

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  33. Ice cant believe Toonsy grassed on you, dont worry about what Batts said he wouldn’t do that on ye, he just has to be seen as ruling with an iron fist, incase other try to take advantage out of his good nature πŸ˜‰

    Moreno get that out of you system lad πŸ˜†

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  34. Ricky Van Wolfswinkel has left Utrecht for Sporting Lisbon. Fee around €5.5m

    I thought he would have been canny for us, obviously not!

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  35. MORENO aye thought he was a canny mesel,whats that just under Β£5mil,not a bad risk at that,bit light-weight like,but quick

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