Pardew looking forward to getting his balls out!

Padew for England?

Pardew talks about the task ahead.
Alan Pardew has been looking ahead to pre-season training and getting his own chance to put his stamp on things today.

Speaking to the local press he revealed that today is the first chance the players will have to get their balls out and have a kick about since their staggered return to pre-season training which started at the beginning of the week.

The past few days have been used purely for medical reasons to give the boys a good looking over, and with no new news of any setbacks it looks as though the players are all good to go and intensify their training ahead of the first pre-season match a week tomorrow at Darlington’s rather expansive Northern Echo Arena.

It also give Alan Pardew the chance to look at a few players up close and personal for the first time. Players like Hatem Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling aswell as the new boys of Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba and Sylvain Marveaux are all relatively unknown quantities to him so today he’ll be able to see a bit more of what they are all about and how he is going to fit them into his team, which you could argue seems to be his only job responsibility!

“This is the first day we will all train together,” Pardew told The Chronicle. “I’m very excited about it, and it’s nice for all of the guys to be together again with all of the staff.”

He continued: “It is the day we have been waiting for and we get a chance to get the balls out for the first time. It is always a day when you can begin to put your dreams into practice and start working ahead to a season you hope will be successful.”

Dreams? Success? Those are words that seem a million miles away from the fans at the moment as the debate continues to rage on about the £35 million. It’s quite boring now and it’s been done to death, but it does seem to be THE hot topic amongst fans at the moment.

Thankfully there will soon be football to distract us and give is something to talk about. You never know, but some fears may also be allayed once fans start to see the lads in action.

This is Alan Pardew’s first bite at the cherry in my opinion. It’s the first chance he will have had to mould the team and get them playing in his way right from the word go. He won’t have to concern himself as much with keeping the stability of the side halfway through the season as he had to do last season and consequently all of the results, positive or negative, will be achieved with his team. He’s looking forward to it though. Bless.

“For me, it makes a massive difference for a manager to be in charge at the start of the season,” he said.

“It is unlike coming in mid-season like I did last year, and I can tweak the way we play from here on in, add some discipline to our shape, and see how the players respond to that.”

“It is very much going to be how we play this season. We believe we can have a successful season and move forward.”

“Last season was very much about getting stability and making sure we stayed in the division. This year will be about getting a reputation and moving forward in the right direction as a football club.”

A lot of fans are still undecided on Alan Pardew, including me to an extent. I think he did what was required last season in terms of results without pulling up any tress. Mind you, he wasn’t exactly blessed with a vast array of talented players in some games to be fair.

This is his time, his team, his chance. Will he be able to make the most of it though?

160 thoughts on “Pardew looking forward to getting his balls out!

  1. TOONSY gan easy on john mate,lets be fair noo they are so inter-bred owr there they dont know one race of people from another show a bit of pity eh 😉


  2. All the losers in the world play the racism card when they realise they haven’t got an argument.


    July 7, 2011 at 19:39

    “Toonsy, people like you shouldn’t be in the world of football you should sit with your knitting watching coronation street cos you’re obviously a very fragile person.”

    Whilst we’re on about fragile people….. I seem to remember a few thousand of them trying to scamper out of St James’ Park on Halloween at half-time for some reason. I also remember a few more fragile souls leaving the Stadium of Shite before that last gasp moment of glory when Gyan got that equaliser 😆


    July 7, 2011 at 19:45

    “All the losers in the world play the racism card when they realise they haven’t got an argument.”

    *Mackem furiously back-peddling after he realises that he typed them racist comments himself* 😆


  5. MORENO come on now they once played in the cup winners cup,not there fault they got mixed up and went doon to london instead of abroad to cheer them on 😉


  6. Look, we are in agreement that Sunderland are the best team in the North East and have been for the last 4 years. We are a top 10 team and you’s are a relegation team. On August 20th yous’ll all be crying into your brown ale shoutng obscenities at Mike Ashley who’ll gladly take your money off you. So just keep paying your money and we’ll take the 3 points off yous because at the end of the day you’s are mug punters.


    July 7, 2011 at 19:54

    “We are a top 10 team”

    And yet you still can’t fill our ground unless we come to town 😆

    We took the Fulwell 😉


  8. Well losers, i’ve gave you enough of my time but as Arnie says i’ll be back when we’ve handed out a football lesson to the 2nd biggest team in the North East.


  9. Finally, the leccy on his meter has ran out.

    Least now you can go round the estate and drop off tabs for all your bairns at school tomorrow


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