Is Pardew listening to the players instead of common sense?

Many managers get the sack for various reasons but ultimately it can often be put down to buying poor players, bad tactics and, in turn, poor results.

I can fully understand the first reason. Managers of yesteryear had full control over the comings and goings of players and no better example of that era was Kevin Keegan.

He returned for his second stint in charge of the Toon and found out that things had changed from his first managerial reign over a decade before. He found it was those in the corridors of power, the boardroom, who now decided who the manager managed.

Keegan left and the reigns were taken over permanently by a manager who fully accepted the constraints imposed upon him. He went and now it is the turn of Alan Pardew, who is perfectly suited to Ashley’s style of management.

His reign will live or die mainly by the players brought in by other people at the club. How much Pardew plays in identifying players nobody really knows but it’s fair to say, it’s not like Keegan’s era in the 90’s.

The second main reason why managers get the sack is down to tactics. One recent poster scoffed at us all giving our opinions as to where Alan Pardew was going wrong with his tactics. The poster expressed that because Pardew was a Premier League manager he knew better than all of us.

This to me is absolutely wrong. Football is an easy game and tactics easy to understand. It’s understanding the skills and abilities of your players and how best to play them in that system that matters.

Managers get appointed because they show the correct skills and abilities and personality to their prospective employers. So apart from the club buying the wrong players why do the managers get such simple tactics wrong?

There’s not a manager ever who wouldn’t admit they made the wrong decision or played the wrong tactics at sometime in their reign. Well, maybe bar Brian Clough!

Only last month, Pardew stated he got his tactics wrong when we got drubbed 5-0 by Spurs.

I hazard a guess that the average fan who has a basic understanding of the game could see he was calling the wrong shots. So why do the fans see it but the Premier League manager misses it.

I strongly suspect that Pardew is starting to fall into the same trap that many managers do and our last permanent manager paid the price for. Chris Hughton allowed the players to dictate to a certain degree the selection and tactics of the team.

Managers naturally get close to certain players and their personalities influence them to a certain degree. It’s human nature and it takes a certain personality that can deal with it effectively. Sir Alex Ferguson being the ultimate at not letting feelings and sentiment get in the way of his tactics long term. I’m sure he’s slipped up occasionally and let his guard down and played Giggsy when he shouldn’t have but in general he distances sentiment and good judgement.

I hope, but I am not ruling it out, that Pardew’s liking for Cabaye as a person is not damaging the future hopes for the team to qualify for Europe and in the long term his job. I can see no other reason why he plays two defensive midfielders in a 4-4-2 formation.

Is he trying to please his player because he promised him that he would play in his natural position when he persuaded him to join us?

Cabaye may have shown his dislike of playing as a more advanced midfielder earlier in the season when we looked more like an attacking unit and Pardew out of loyalty is forced into this scenario? We know Cabaye was bought as a direct replacement for Barton, so why not play him in the same role?

Many have argued that he does so because the defence is too vulnerable. I would argue that Pardew never showed much inclination to rectify the problem during January.

Yet, I also hear (read on here) the same people express their dismay about certain players being selected over others and players not playing in their natural positions.

I would like to hear your views whether Pardew is now favouring certain players because of their influence over him and whether loyalty is getting in the way of good judgement.

You may state my assumptions are absolute rubbish and I have no problem with that, but it’s a consideration that I believe is closer to the truth than not. Many managers succumb to it and they ultimately pay the price.

Troy Stavers

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261 thoughts on “Is Pardew listening to the players instead of common sense?

  1. @ Troy
    I did play in a “FRIENDLY” game with you at St James and you are crap. It’s a standing joke that you can’t and never have played competitive football at any level. So to see you making outrageous statement about tactics and Pardew staggers me.

    ps you showed your knowlegde when you laughed at me for suggesting we’d finish top 7 at the beginning of the season. You know nothing.

    Now whats this Press conference ?


  2. That is great news !!

    Now Troy.. Is that bad Management ??

    Pardew is doing a fantastic job and this press conference just goes to show what a good manager he is contrary to your ramblings. The timing could’nt have been better to highlight what an idiot you really are.

    Pardew talks of positive momentum and this is an example of that. It is no coincidence that it is announced the day before the Derby.. Positive momentum !!

    It’s just a shame there are negative influences who try to hold the club back… And that is you troy. Looking for a bit of attention by spouting negative crap of which you have no experience.

    Pardew must be laughing at you today !!


  3. Pardew has just made a second announcement..

    “Trot Stavers ….Woo hoo hoo ha ha ha ha” …


  4. Troy – Haven’t got time to comment much because I’m about to watch the bairn play some saturday morning school boy stuff, which is what the toon has been guilty of far too often for my liking. The similarities are unbelievable.
    What do you mean when you say Fergie distances good judgment?


  5. @Geordie Lander

    That’s where you fall down everytime. You jump in the deep end with your hands tied behind your back wearing your absorbent UGG boots !
    πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† I throw the life ring in to save you and it lands in your mouth. πŸ˜› πŸ˜›
    With your shaped body and the life ring in your mouth you look like a blow up sex doll. πŸ™‚ πŸ˜† πŸ˜† wooo hoo hoo hoo

    Keep happy clapping like a circus seal and I will provide analytical constructive criticism for Pardew to learn from.

    Did you hear Pards at the end of the conference giving me a dedication? πŸ˜†

    It doesn’t get much better than that. πŸ˜†


  6. I hope ‘Arry choked on his frosted flakes watching that.. come for Krul all you want ye droopy faced git but you’ll have to break the bank, and the lad probably wouldn’t discuss terms anyway!


  7. You need to have experience to be able to provide constructive criticism !
    and you have none ! Never even played the game !
    In fact the following sums up your knowledge of Football :-

    I rest my case !


  8. @Geordie Lander

    I nutmeg you every Friday and run rings round you. πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

    You have to admit that the vision of you with your physique and the life ring in your mouth looking like a blow up doll is pretty accurate tho?!
    Woo hoo hoo hoo πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜›


  9. TC you heard me the 1st time but you don’t have the decency to answer me , you just keep doing your wanky impression and refuse to answer anything that confirms that your clueless.


  10. @ Troy
    Nutmeg.. The only nut megs you recall was the day i nutmegged you 10 times in one game… remember … I had to stop at 10 because you were furious. I did it to teach you a lesson very similar to what Pardew is doing as he propels our team towards that much coveted 4th spot…

    And on that subject.. and because of you negative postings .. I am definately going to take every penny of the Β£5000 from you when I win our bet.

    The Troy Stavers wing is being built as we speak.. Thank you !


  11. @Geordie Lander

    The trouble is I turn you inside out week in week out, you are in that much of a spin you netmeg yourself. πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

    As for the bet, which was to finish in the top 4, I’m in the driving seat not you.
    You are in the boot with the dog. πŸ˜†

    Oh, Chancer, stop clapping as well , I can’t hear the stereo! πŸ˜› πŸ˜›


  12. @ Troy

    Aah there it is..

    Pardew has just proved that you talk nonsense.. What a great move.. Manager and Players United and propelling us towards that much coveted top 4 spot !

    And I will be taking ever penny of the Β£5000 from our bet when we do it !!


  13. And for those who do not know of our bet..

    In pre season I placed a bet that we would finish in the top 7 .. and was ridiculed by Troy Stavers as he predicted we would get relegated… Clearly displaying his lack of football knowledge .. AGAIN !

    I also mentioned that the bookies were offering Β£200/1 for a top 4 finish.. Troy went mad ridiculing me and offered odds of 1000/1 and so i promptly gave him a crisp Β£5 note…

    He is sweating now mind…. every time i see him he has beads of sweat on his furrowed brow.. woo hoo hoo

    Β£5000 from a fiver… He hates it. Hates it… Β£5000 from Troy to Geordielander !! It should be televised as he hands over the cash !!
    Oh Yes !!


  14. @ Geordie Lander

    I can’t really believe you are doing my job for you?
    You are ridiculing yourself by telling everyone that at the start of the season you thought we would finish in the top 4!
    Not even the maddest Geordie fan believed that!

    You are now officially known as the self confessed maddest Geordie fan! πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

    Woo hoooo hoo hooo πŸ˜›


  15. This is better news for the owners than the supporters. How long was it before Carrol was sold did he sign a new long term contract. It just means if they go they go for more, and they will get offered even bigger wages.


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