Pardew set for United stay

Carry on Pardew
Carry on Pardew
It looks as though Alan Pardew will manage to avoid the chop if you go by various recent press reports.

Apparently that meeting between himself and Mike Ashley has been and gone and it looks as though Pardew has managed to come through it relatively unscathed in terms of his tenure at United.

The Daily Star reckons that Pardew has been told that things must improve and they also assert that he will be given finds to improve the squad with. That last bit is good news because it is something that the club failed with so miserably last season although, as ever, we shall wait and see what happens with player incomings as they may well be balanced out by player outgoings. Remember, we’ve had that now famous warning from Pardew about the vulnerability of our players!

Anyway, if these press reports are true and Pardew has kept his job then where do we go from here? It’s not ideal as I think I’ve seen enough now and I personally think now is the time to either get rid as the very last thing we need is to get to something like October/November and find no upturn in fortunes and be faced with a diminished pool of managers who have less time to work with a squad that isn’t actually their own.

But what this news does do is end any uncertainty I guess. We know where things stand and everything else can be pressed on with now as things looked as though they’d been kind of put on hold whilst this whole situation was sorted out.



Personally I think that Pardew has his work cut out if he is to survive long term at United. That 5th placed finish was now a long time ago in football terms and any credit he built up during that campaign has been eroded by not just our finishing position last term, but also the brand of football we’ve tried to play which, by and large, has been awful to watch.

So now he has the chance to put things right. Despite media perceptions we, as NUFC fans, don’t actually ask for a lot. Nothing less than 100% effort from everyone along with some decent football would be a start. It’s now important for Pardew that we start off well next season, because if we don’t then the pressure will just grow and grow until the inevitable happens.

I can’t think of a manager that has managed to turn around such negative fan perception of him, but that is what Alan Pardew must now do. I would suggest a decent way for him to start doing that, and with football so far away right now, is for him to keep a low profile when it comes to what he says in the press for a while.

But that won’t happen…

About toonsy

A lifelong Newcastle fan and current webmaster of this very 'blog who has the sole aim of creating a place by Newcastle United fans, for Newcastle United fans.

74 thoughts on “Pardew set for United stay

  1. Nowt like starting the day with bad news :mrgreen:

    “I can’t think of a manager that has managed to turn around such negative fan perception of him, but that is what Alan Pardew must now do”…except maybe the man himself when he took over from Chris Hughton 😉

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  2. At least I won’t have Troy asking me for manager names now 😉

    Lets see how we go from here eh!

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  3. I go along with all you have said Toonsy. I don’t think Pardew is capable of changing but hope I am wrong. Nevertheless I will be at every home match supporting the lads.

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  4. Everyone should hope Pardew does well from now on in… If he is doing well then the team is doing well.. If you are hoping he does bad so he can get the axe, well that means the team will be losing games and I can’t see why anyone would want that, just to be rid of the manager..

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  5. Richie I was thinking the exact same 😉 he was hated by many but fighting it out with the top 6 last season seemed to sway a lot of the same fans

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  6. take a bow toonsy and stardust.. well done lads. I must say some of the articles recently have been a step above the norm, not just for this blog but this one leaves others behind. you have some cracking writers now 😛

    keep up the good work.. lick kick 😆

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  7. guess this means i have to put me blunt axe back in the shed 🙁 but will have it in easy access in december so be warned mr pards 🙂

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  8. Aussie @ 5 it wouldnt surprise me if some would hope that he cant turn it round so that they can continue with their Pards is shit rant 😀

    Toonsy yeah I thought they would have hoyed the name up 😯

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  9. Well if the reports are true that he’s staying ,then he is one lucky bugger imo cause even if you put aside the lowly league finish ,the football served up was crap most of the time. Oh well we best get behind him then and hopefully he does well and makes us all look like mugs for doubting him. I’m giving him 6-10 games at most to prove he can put out an attacking efficient team and I hope Ash does the same. Thing is it wouldn’t be idea to sack a man partway into the season as who do we get in to replace him then?. Hopefully this is not another football mistake by the owner.

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  10. @aussie

    You’ve escaped!! 😛 no need to keep dodging the question! 😛 talk about sitting on the fence. 😛

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  11. Dave ,I can’t speak for other bloggers but I so hope this is the right action to take by Ashley I really do .It’s what’s best for the club at the end of the day .Stability is key but not to the detriment of the team/clubs well being. The amount of pressure Pards is now under is huge and there is little room for error ,even if we are winning games if the football is poor and we are winning by flukey goals I suspect he will still get stick.

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  12. Dave…Aye football fans are fickle(me included) it’s the nature of the beast, if he’s still here at the start of the season which is likely then it should be new season, clean slate. I’d have preferred a new “better” manager(no I won’t name one Troy 😆 ) but the team and whoever’s manager will have my backing 100%…at least until the 2nd pre-season match 😆

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  13. Big Dave, yep, there will be some out there that will be thinking that.. 😕

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  14. Kim I have no doubt that no matter how well he’ll do there will still be some that still blame him for Jabba getting rid of hooters.
    But hopefully now the fans will change from putting the pressure on Pards and put it back where it should be The Regime

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  15. Troy, I just want a manager that can get us into the top 5 and into Europe… 😉

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  16. Toonsy/Stardust – great work lads. Disappointed that yous didn’t get the credit for it, but pleased in a way that the site wasn’t mentioned – don’t want a bunch of strangers disturbing our little family.

    As for Pardew staying, I think we all expected it really. Ashley’s nee good dealing with people crying, begging and curling themselves round his feet holding his legs.
    We have to make some bloody good signings this summer now to appease us fans, and give Pardew a fighting chance – or build a good squad for when the new manager does eventually arrive.

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  17. Dave ,I don’t think the Hoots thing has much to do with it anymore. I liked Hoots but don’t blame Pards for him going that’s ilogical . I’m not even that pissed at finishing 16th cause in truth we are safe that’s the main thing. No it’s the utter tripe I have had to watch and I really don’t want to watch a full season of that again ,it’s both stressful and embarrassing to watch.

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  18. Sharpy…I think “our little family” is disturbed enough 😆

    Aussie… 😆 I’d have said it’s large for all the chips on my shoulder but that would have set you up for a joke about my eating habits 😆

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  19. Depressing news but at least we can now move on and give up on naming our next manager

    We can now move on to players we’ll never sign and speculate on which players will leave in the summer

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  20. Richie 😆
    I’m glad you on here today, it takes the heat of me 😉 I’m not sure why I get targeted sometimes, it is all unprovoked 😯

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  21. I’ll let The Journal off. They’ve done a reprint, used some of our comments and mentioned us so it’s all cool beans now 😉

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  22. Aussie…Well you’ll have to step up now as I’m off to do some gardening.

    Oh and Congrats Toonsy and Stardy and all the other contributers like Preman and Mrs Aussie 😀

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  23. @Toonsy

    I take it you got your cut of the fee from the journal? 😯

    Stardust is driving a new Mini Cooper with a billboard advertising the Jounal on top. 😛

    He’s been appointed head paper boy as well 😛

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  24. Richie – your dead right there mate 😆

    Toonsy – the site IS mentioned on that post you put up. If you go onto the next paper it’s on there along with comments posted from Prem, Newkie and Kim to name but a few.

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  25. Sharpy – It is now but wasn’t to start off with.

    Troy – It’s fine. Me and Stardust are all square. He’s agreed to give me two clackers for me bike wheels so I can look cool as hanging round outside the shops 😉

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  26. unless we are signing Zidane himself i don’t want any more French players

    just putting it out there

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  27. Toonsy – pleased they got it sorted mate, it was a really good article from Stardust but this is the acknowledgement this site deserves – you must be very proud buddy. 😉

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  28. The power and credit we give the media eh? I read Stardy’s piece on here but reading it again in the Journal. Wow – proper piece of journalism and way better than the normal will we /won’t we sign Carrol. And absolutely pathetic quotes from the great one. Another season. Can it be worse?

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  29. Stardy! Stardy! Stardy ! Stardy! Stardy! 😆

    He won’t see the support he’s getting until after midday but will be so proud when he does. 😆

    Ive draped a bed sheet owa me balcony on Cruddas park flats with his name on! 😛

    He should see it when he looks out his tent pitched on the gypsy green below. 😛

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  30. The king is dead, long live the king 🙂 🙂 🙂 bring us glory Pardz 🙂

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  31. I have to be honest and say I’m looking to some positivity from the club now like. Sick of doom and gloom.
    One positive recently is how SJP is looking now!, nice to have the ground looking back at its best with all that tatty SD signage removed

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  32. Troy – he’ll have to make his way through the hoards or screaming fans wanting an autograph or even just a glimpse of the great man 😎

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  33. Won’t need to convert those manager stats into an article now that we have Pards for a bit longer.

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  34. Ok since he’s staying and A.C. is too expensive. What do we need. 3rd place keeper. 4th place CB. A starting winger and starting striker. Anything else?

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  35. Dave – Aye they’ve made the shirts look ugly as funk but they have revived our beautiful stadium.
    I understand that the window doesn’t open for a while yet and there is likely (hopefully) going to be alot of behind the scenes work being done, so it’ll be a while before we get any good news about new arrivals. But a huge positive for me would be knowing Colo is here to stay.

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  36. That’s a nice little coup to get a nod from the “legit” media. I wonder if you, Toonsy, could, going forward, parlay this into something mutually beneficial for both the local paper and then only NUFC blog that matters. I think I’ve mentioned before the idea of doing a Newcastle podcast (a la football weekly?). Nice one, Stardy, Toonsy & the gang.

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  37. Nothing has been confirmed either way. 🙁

    It still wouldnt surprise me if he was sacked just because the journal are reporting hes safe! 🙂

    Joys of being a toon fan…. at least it means we wont get pulis 🙂

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  38. Sharpy aye – (plus hes injury prone and lord knows we dont need that anymore)

    no offence but i just think we have too many now. it sounds stereotypical but the French can be a very moody bunch and i dont want the dressing room to have too much of an imbalance

    i know pards and squad rubbished dressing room rift rumours but it cant help when one half speak french and other english

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  39. Liam…Maybe Chris Kamara might be able to confirm something after his meeting with Ashley at St James’ today 😉

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  40. Icedog – will you be sad if we sign 3 players in summer? Proven premier league standard? And get a decent coach in for pards to work with?

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  41. Prem – for me we need as many as 6-7 mate with the hope that Obertan, Gosling, Amalfitano and Williamson going and of course Simpson and Harper being out of contract now.
    I believe we need a keeper, CB, 2 CFs and 2 attacking midfield players who can play wide as well, and maybe the 7th be a back up RB

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  42. The Toon have averaged 50k fans this season. That is the 7th highest in Europe.

    But we aren’t a big club. 😯

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  43. DIFSB – aye there was an article a few days ago where Pardew has told the French lads to improve their English during the close season. I didn’t read that he and the non speaking French lads were to improve their French though.
    I agree that I don’t want to see another 5 French (or any same nationality for that matter) signings coming in. However I can’t help but think Remy would still be a good signing for £6m like.

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  44. Sharpy – What about attitude with Remy. He’s a good player but that mercenary streak worries me. What will he be like in Pardew’s trenches.

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  45. Georgio – I understand where you’re coming from mate and I don’t dismiss that attitude is a huge thing – he’d be a risk no doubt about that, but that much talent for only £6m isn’t gonna be widely available this summer mate. I don’t know, maybe the risk is too great.

    LST – he hasn’t been charged yet mate. I’m not saying he’s not, but there have been alot of players and people accused of rape falsely. He was bailed, so there’s clearly not enough evidence to convict him yet buddy.

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  46. LST he will just try and turn them all into defenders imo he brings good players down to his level which isnt a good one

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  47. Sharpy – anyone who turns us down for the basket case of QPR – you’ve got to suspect his attitude. Agreed £6m for that quality is cheap but just what will we get? And what will the frenchies think about it?

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  48. If the talk is true and vermalen is available for £5m; please sign him up 🙂

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  49. Georgio – he went for the money mate, we all know that. But then what’s the difference in him doing that and Kevin Nolan dropping down a league to join WHU when he still had 2 yrs left of his contract with us?!
    I understand the want to sign ‘the perfect player’ if you like, but I don’t believe there is such a thing.
    What about Colo wanting to leave us in Jan.
    I just think the position we find ourselves in, were going to find it hard enough to sign top quality players as it is, can we really afford to cut our noses off?. I’m not convinced by the way mate, this is just one side of my thinking.

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  50. Over the moon my comment went in the Journal. However, I wish that article had been printed by the Journal a few days ago as now it seems the appeal will be lost.

    Absolute friggin’ disgrace that the KNOB has a job still. Any other footy club would of sacked after this season, even Pulis who finished higher in the league while being in Europe, got the bullet!

    Why is it soo painful being a fan of the Toon?

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  51. LST – where have you seen he’s available for that price mate, I’d take him in a heartbeat.

    Ice – we did agree that anything over £10m for Carroll was too much though mate. I don’t think it’s a bad thing that Ashley has said £15m is too much.

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  52. LST
    Where did you hear that? He could be the PL experienced player that Pardew wants and even if Colo stays we should get him as he could replace Willo.
    ————————-Krul————————-
    -Debuchy—Colocini–Vermaelan—Mbiwa-
    ————-Cabaye————Anita————–
    ——Ben Arfa—–Sissoko—–Aubemeyang-
    ————————Cissé————————-

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  53. Just realised there isn’t a single British player in my line-up 😕 , TBF it’s cus they are either shit or too expensive. Our bench would be largely UK based so we can bring on some homegrown players off the bench, how this’ll effect our homegrown squad numbers I don’t know but we are losing Simpson, Harper and possibly Willo and Shola.

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