Ton-up Pardew still has work to do

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100 games in charge for Pardew.
100 games in charge for Pardew.
Alan Pardew celebrated his 100th game in charge of Newcastle United last night with a much needed win over struggling Aston Villa.

However if you look at his record during his time at United you will see there is still plenty of room for improvement for the former Reading, West Ham and Southampton manager.

The stats will show that Alan Pardew has guided his team to victory on 37 occasions, overseen defeat in 36 matches with the other 27 fixtures ending in a draw leaving his with a winning percentage of 37%. I’m not going to compare his winning percentage to different former United managers as we’re in different times with very different circumstances to previous managers.

Just to give a quick example, people will instantly drag up Chris Hughton and his record without mentioning that the vast majority of his games were played in the second tier of football. Kevin Keegan also has the benefit of playing some games in the second tier. It’s hard to compare different people, different personnel, different owners and different times using just a statistic.

In defence of Pardew though, even thought the stats aren’t that good, there have been mitigating circumstances. I’m not making excuses for the man as he is perfectly capable of doing that himself, but the things that stick our for me are having to play for half a season without a striker thanks to the sale of Andy Carroll, plus there is this season where a bit of motivation from the board in the summer would have seen us higher up the league than what we sit currently.

However this isn’t purely a defence of Pardew and there are many areas where he can improve upon. It’s just important to remember that he can only really work with what he is dealt and I have the feeling that will be the same for any manager that is employed under Mike Ashley.

Certain tactical decisions have left me wondering what is going on and some substitutions have been worrying, but then I don’t proclaim to be a tactics guru like most other people seem to be and I’ve not played Football Manager in years so perhaps it’s just something I’m not seeing. They are the kind if decisions that get praised when they work and the team is winning but get questioned when circumstances are reversed.

So in summary his first 100 games aren’t bad, but there is definite room for improvement which will hopefully come now we have a squad with some quality and depth in it.

This team has potential, it’s now up to Pardew to help realise it.

165 thoughts on “Ton-up Pardew still has work to do

  1. I reckon Danny Simpson would have been sold this window if it weren’t for his injury…. 😕


  2. If we were really in for anyone we would have heard by now.

    Closed for business hopefully 😕


  3. Aussie that wasn’t very nice saying that about me 😕 like I go out of my way to talk to a galah.

    Troy some times you have to make hard decisions, it’s just a pity you couldn’t sell brothers 😉


  4. Can’t believe Graham gone to smoggy land 😆 good lad ,don’t wanna go getting into bed with the Scum after all.

    Looks like Crouch and Jenas heading to QPR . Sambas getting 100k a week apparently 😯 utter madness at that club.


  5. Liam @159 ,They are certainly chucking the coin around I must say. Thing is they are picking up points now and seemingly getting harder to beat ,I wouldn’t put it past Arry to keep them up now. 2 wins and they are on 22points 🙄 Squeaky bum time for lots of clubs including us.

    David Craig at Scum land so reckon we are done for the window, shame would of liked a striker in really.


  6. This is yet another riduculois decision by the management at St James’ Park. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if the next manager had a bright orange wig, huge shoes & insisted on riding a unicycle up and down the touchline. Any sensible manager would avoid the club like the plague as the actions of Mike Ashley can only be damaging for the reputation of both himself and the club, as well as potentially ruining the career of any future managers. A club that looked to be coping well with a return to the Premier League could now quite easily slip back into the relegation dog fight due to the actions of one man hell-bent on making Newcastle into football’s laughing stock.


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