Brass tacks management

Back to winning ways

The right man at the right time?
The life and times of an NUFC fan in the last few decades can probably best be described as a faltering rollercoaster ride.

Most of us have boarded the ride and strapped ourselves in and went on a thrill seeking quest to hit the loop the loop, only for the ride to malfunction just before the cars hit that loop and backwards we rolled to a standstill.

Of course, we are Newcastle United fans and we don’t let little glitches get us down. We wait for a quick repair and back on the coaster we go, only for it to happen again, but we still get off, dust ourselves down ready for the next available ride and so it goes on.

Throughout the years, we have been blessed and cursed with some managers that came in with the promise that this next roller coaster ride would go without a hitch and we would all end up going loop the loop. What some didn’t quite clarify though was whether we’d be going loop the loop with excitement or despair.

Big name managers came and went to be replaced by Caretaker Managers who held the fort until the next big name manager came in and as silly as it appears, it was usually the Caretaker Managers that managed to get the team playing and actually bringing out the qualities that our players possessed but rarely showed under whatever manager was in charge at the time.

Let’s look back at the managers that promised much and delivered little and also the managers that very nearly gave us that buzz of nearly venturing into that rush of excitement approaching that loop the loop.

Without going too far back and getting into the fossil era of managers as far as the younger bloggers on here go, I will start off with Ossie Ardiles.

I can still remember my own excitement of Ardiles being installed as manager and immediately my dreams were going to become reality, or so I believed anyway.

Ardiles started off by shaping the team as he saw fit and it consisted of basically a team laden with young pretenders who possessed the quality to be top players in the future but unfortunately did not possess the experience to see games off. Although the football played by these youngsters was really good on the eye,
as everyone knows it spiralled us into the abyss at the bottom end of the league and signalled Ardiles departure.

Enter Kevin Keegan who, having played for us under Arthur Cox in the early 80’s, decided the time was right to garage his golf clubs and put his experience as a top player into managing this club. Now Keegan had many qualities about him that other managers lacked and one was his ability to make players walk out onto the pitch feeling 10 feet tall and unbeatable. As Les Ferdinand once said: “When you felt nervous before a big game, Kevin would put his arm on your shoulder and tell you how good you were and that the opposing team were scared to play against you. It made us walk out onto that pitch feeling 10 feet tall and unbeatable.”

Yep, Keegan had that about him and also welcomed the fans into the faces of the players and actually made the club a family affair backed by Sir John Hall, and the players loved it!

This was one rollercoaster ride nobody wanted to miss out on because this was the real deal at the time and there was no stopping this ride. Unfortunately as exciting as the ride was (and boy it was exciting) we didn’t quite manage to come out of that loop with our hands held high in triumph.

With Keegan departing and telling us all he couldn’t take us any further, and following a short caretaker stint with Terry McDermott we awaited our next big name manager to take the reins.

Enter Kenny Dalglish! The least said about this the better, but in a nutshell he destroyed what Keegan had assembled and replaced quality like Les Ferdinand and David Ginola with over the hill ex-Liverpool players and old associates like John Barnes and Ian Rush. He basically ripped the heart out of the fans and the team. I don’t think I need to add anything further, except to say, this ride lost it’s wheels at the ascent point.

Things were going downhill fast and we were running out of big name options that could promise us a flirt with the big time again but who possessed the name and the skill to pull this off?

Enter Ruud Gullit, who waltzed into St. James’ Park with an air of arrogance and a plan of action that had us fans looking at each other and wondering whether this could be it. Gullit’s plan was to give us “sexy” football, the type of football that would have all us fans drooling over and make the rest of the country sit up and take notice.

It wasn’t quite the sexy football we all hoped for however. His idea of sexy football was to play head tennis with Alan Shearer and Rob Lee and any others that he didn’t see eye to eye with. Basically nobody was to steal his limelight and our heros of Shearer and Lee were to be discarded.

Unfotunately Gullit’s plan backfired when he dropped Alan Shearer against Sunderland and that was the straw that broke the camels back. We were promised so much and delivered so little.

Buckle up now boys and girls because out of bad comes good. The wheels are back on and this ride is gonna be exciting! Enter Sir Bobby Robson.

I really thought this was it with Bobby, especially when you look at how close he was to achieving something for us fans. As enjoyable as the ride was, it was unfortunate that we got him so late in his career. Had we got him in just 10 years younger than he was at the time, I firmly believe we would have silverware to look at.

This man deserves a write up of his own but I think everyone knows there isn’t enough words to describe this man thoroughly but a gem he was.

Other managers came and went after Bobby. Graeme Souness, Glenn Roeder, Sam Allardyce, Kevin Keegan (again), and then a caretaker who took the managers rein in the shape of Chris Hughton, who did a fantastic job for us winning us the Championship and instilling a winning mentality back into the side following the heartache of relegation.

Unfortunately he was deemed not suitable to carry us to a higher plateau, which is something us fans probably accept but also probably still ponder about, especially when his replacement was named as Alan Pardew.

Right now though, in Alan Pardew, we have a manager that had no big reputation in his management skills or footballing skills but a manager that this club was really crying out for. Someone who could settle us down as fans and help us lower our expectations a little.

Alan Pardew was the last man anyone ever thought would manage this club but he’s come in and gone about his business quietly, promising nothing but hard work and blood sweat and tears from his team, which as it stands now, could have us actually hitting that loop the loop and coming out the other side with the excitement of a European campaign to look forward to.

Brass tacks management. We’ve needed it for a long time!

112 thoughts on “Brass tacks management

  1. @Richie

    I’ve put my trunks and boots on just to come on and debate and it looks like I’ve submitted you in 3 posts! ๐Ÿ˜›


  2. Troy, no need for a debate, you introduced a comparison with SBR and Pards, I only commented on the first ful season, Pards has done better that is a fact, game over but nice try ๐Ÿ˜†


  3. @Richie

    I introduced the comparison but it was taken out of context by you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    As far as us being a sinking ship, then, credit to Captain Pardew for proving me wrong. Oh and you. ๐Ÿ˜†


  4. Troy Stavers
    April 12, 2012 at 08:07
    I introduced the comparison but it was taken out of context by you

    …oh dear.where? ๐Ÿ˜ณ ๐Ÿ˜ณ ๐Ÿ˜†


  5. Uh oh. It looks like Master Richie accepts he thought he was on a sinking ship.

    I must say, I never said a sinking ship, I believed we would be on a ship lost in the ocean far from treasure island but also far from Skull island also.

    Pards has got the wind in his sails and we are caught in a lovely current heading just off Treasure island. He needs to steer us onto the big incoming wave to land us on shore.

    Land ahoy cappin! ๐Ÿ˜†


  6. @Richie

    If Pardew gets us to 4th then he has to get up there with SBR &KK.

    Uh oh. Someone needs to put there specs on. ๐Ÿ˜Ž ๐Ÿ˜›


  7. Troy…I didn’t think it waa worth the response as I never said it, I did say if the new players settled quickly I thought we could have beaten where we would have finished if we’d beaten WBA, which would have put us top 8…..but I did think it was a massive gamble that they would settle so quickly, and that’s why I also thought it was a gamble getting rid of both Barton and Nolan as I thought we’d need at least one of them if it started to go tits up, it didn’t so huge credit to Pards,the players and even fatboy slim, cracking season.


  8. Troy…..a drink and tired, but still had you in a full nelson ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜†

    Seriously though, what do you reckon the chances of 4th are?


  9. @Richie

    Fair do’s fella. It takes a brave man to admit you called it wrong on the Toons season and also called the SBR/Pards debate wrong . Well done fella. Don’t beat yourself up over it. ๐Ÿ˜•


  10. @Richie

    I’m looking forward to shelving out ยฃ5k to my mate who I bet at the start of the season that we wouldn’t finish in the top 4.

    He’s that delusional he won’t even realise I have handed over monopoly money.

    For anyone to have made that prediction at the start of the season has to be delusional . Not even serial delusion monster Wolfie predicted that. ๐Ÿ˜†


  11. @Richie

    Have Poopsy and Thud been missing?

    God I loved their inane defensive banter. ๐Ÿ˜†


  12. ๐Ÿ˜† …it would be feckin an astounding achievment, I don’t think Spurs’ run in is as easy as some say and they’re doing crap at the minute but they are a quality side, just need them to keep on their poor run, Chelsea aren’t on top form and hopefully CL and the FA cup will distract them, it’s going to be a huge game v them at their place…then there’s us, 5 of the bounce has to come to an end some time some time and we’ve got some tough games. 5th is in our hands now, 4th we need to rely on others but hey, it wouldn’t be the first time we’ve surpassed expectations this season so you never know :mrgreen:


  13. I havn’t seen Thad on for ages, Pipes pops on every now and again, usually hoys a one line abuse at “neggers” then dissapears ๐Ÿ™„

    I believe negger’s are the ones who wanted “reasonable” cash spent on a quality player, which the club listened too and got Cisse…how’s that working out? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜†


  14. @richie

    I see us as strong favourites for 4th spot.

    When you have Ba, Cisse and Barfa in your side then there’s always going to be goals and a fighting chance.


  15. Do we think this 12 day break will be of a benefit to the players, or will it break the run of form that has gotten us 5 wins from the last 5 matches?
    Fact: we have never won our 1st match back after a break this season.
    I think tho that with the Lads having a target to go for they will be fired up and ready for stoke.
    Stoke will also have had a 12 day break tho


  16. Troy…very true, with that front 3 you always think we’re going to get goals.
    It’s all to play for, Euro footy and draw a Spanish team or 2 would keep me happy :mrgreen:


  17. @Richie

    Ashley has listened to the mob (I include myself in that as they are the vast majority of fans).

    No more trophy buys was the shout from Lambias. No wonder we were despondent.
    If Cisse isn’t a ยฃ10m trophy signing then who is?


  18. @BB

    Do you mind knocking before entering ourconversation! ๐Ÿ™„

    Manners please! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ


  19. BB…you could also say of that fact though, that after the 4 breaks we’ve only lost 1(Citeh away) ๐Ÿ˜‰


  20. Troy if Arsenal beat chelsea next week and we beat stoke, THEN maybe we have a chance of 4th.
    Arsenal also have to play Wigwam on monday, so its possible that they will have 3rd spot sealed off. This might well spur on Totenham to get 4th spot.
    If we dont get maximum points against the potters then it’s over imo. ๐Ÿ‘ฟ


  21. @BB

    It just gives Cappin Pards a bit more time to adjust the good ship Toon and steer us onto the incoming surf to land us on treasure island.


  22. Troy – Cisse isn’t a trophy signing, he was a feckin bargain ๐Ÿ˜†
    He will be a trophy signing tho when we sell him for a ludicrous amount of dosh. ๐Ÿ‘ฟ


  23. Troy – have you had surgery or summat ?
    This is far too positive to be coming from you.
    :mrgreen: ๐Ÿ˜†
    @ 100 I hope you are right. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  24. Troy…Yep, all anyone asked for was decent money on decent players. People throwing up the “trophy buys” arguement weren’t grasping it.No one was asking for that, just quality money(within reason) on the right type of quality player, with set up we have now they are well scouted and hopefully less of a risk, no one wanted/wants to go back to the days of buying a player solely on past reputation, those types of players were a fault of the set up we had in those days imo.


  25. Totters are in confidence turmoil. Droopy chops is twitching like a beheaded chicken.

    Pards is lighting his Cuban cigar and has a clear head which is transmitting into his players.

    I see a trip to the Nou Camp on the horizon!


  26. Must be one of the best season finishes for many years.
    All to play for at both top and bottom.
    Even wolves aren’t mathematically sunk yet


  27. “I see a trip to the Nou Camp on the horizon!”
    ๐Ÿ˜ฏ ๐Ÿ˜ฏ ๐Ÿ˜ฏ
    OMG somebody’s hacked Troys account. ๐Ÿ˜†
    Come on get real fella. Head out the sand and all that. :mrgreen:


  28. @Richie

    I forgive you for your earlier indescretions.
    You’ve now woke up and are speaking sense. ๐Ÿ˜‰


    I’m positive now cos I can judge us on what I see. Beforehand, I despaired at the shannagins coming out of the club.
    One being, as me and Richie point out, Lambias stating that we wouldn’t be buying trophy signings. They have so I’m happy and therefore positive.


  29. BB… aye it’s a cracking finale, even Citeh still in with a chance and a team tipped by many pundits as fighting relegation in with a very good chance of breaking into the top 4 :mrgreen:


  30. @BB
    you say;
    Must be one of the best season finishes for many years.
    All to play for at both top and bottom.
    Even wolves arenโ€™t mathematically sunk yet

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Head out the sand and smell the coffee ๐Ÿ˜› are you suggesting Wolves have a chance of survival!? ๐Ÿ˜†


  31. Apparently Barton scored a good goal last neet.
    We need to have more goals from Cabaye, and the midfield in general.
    We are relying far too much on our forward line.


  32. Ha Ha Troy – ๐Ÿ˜†
    No I dont think wolves have a hope in hell of survival. But my point was that normally by this part of the season 1 team is already gone mathematically.
    Its not over for them just yet. ๐Ÿ˜•


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