Has the communication improved under Pardew?

Pardew's lip service?
One of the biggest criticisms of the current regime in charge of NUFC has been the level of communication, or should I say the lack of communication.

We tend not to hear much, if anything, from the club hierarchy, but it’s been that way for some time to be fair. It isn’t a new phenomenon and is something that we have kind of learned to live with. I don’t want Ashley to become the next Dave Whelan who is always popping up with comments here and there about anything and everything to anyone who will listen and even those that don’t, but I would like to hear a little bit more about what is going on behind the scenes at my club.

This is why I was pleased when Alan Pardew seemed to open up the lines of communication a little with the fans. To be fair, he isn’t saying anything extraordinary and it’s generally the usual kind of football stuff that you get from any manager of any team within the Premier League, but occasionally he does give us an interesting little titbit such as his critiques of Nile Ranger and Wayne Routledge as well as the odd bit of injury news and so on.

When it comes to transfers though, I’m kind of getting fed up of hearing how the club are actively looking for players and how the summer will be good for transfers and that kind of thing. Less talking, just show us the action kind of thing. As Moreno said about Alan Pardew the other day, the guy has virtually zero control over any incoming transfers. He is not unique in that aspect as every football club owner has the ultimate say in any transaction. Pardew may realise this one day.

I’m not getting on his back or anything as I’ve been really impressed with him since he took over from Chris Hughton. I think our performances have improved despite the weakening of the squad and I think that we have played better than the form table suggests. Injuries are hitting us hard, but it’s not Pardew’s fault. Injuries are part and parcel of football and many of us said at the start of the season when Hughton was still charge that we would struggle if we sustained a few injuries in key areas of the squad. I think some people have forgotten that to be honest.

It’s almost like we are getting paid some form of lip service by Pardew, which is dangerous as it will lead to expectations being raised in the transfer market which will more than likely be followed by disappointment. With regard to speculation I much preferred Hughton’s ‘no comment, let’s move on’ kind of policy. It was boring and crap, but we never expected anything else.

That is kind of my point with this article. As I’ve said, it’s not a go at Pardew, and it’s not a Hughton love in, but it is a warning that Pardew is playing a dangerous game by raising expectations to a level that he might not be able to match.

People will say that Pardew is a puppet if he can’t get the required funding from the owner, but I would say that he is just an employee doing his job no differently to the way that you or I would go about our daily jobs. If the boss says something then you do it. If you want something and the boss won’t give it to you, what do you do in your job? Get on with it? Or walk out?

You may feel like doing the second but I’ll bet the majority will end up doing the first.

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174 thoughts on “Has the communication improved under Pardew?

  1. icedog, since 2000 mate, though I had a couple of years away in the states during that time…

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  2. bloody hell, seems the infamous Graeme Carr is in the Sunday Sun tomorrow talking about transfers etc, don’t think I can remember him ever giving an interview

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  3. Nm, it certainly appears so. Cant wait to get the football goin’ again. How’s y’all tonight?

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  4. ILM …why is Graeme Carr infamous ? Thought he was doing a sterling job……becoming a bit of a legend at the toon…

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  5. plus I see on twitter Mark Douglas and that Colin warris bloke saying they’re hearing the same stuff about Enrique, saying they reckon he’s off in the summer to Spain.

    Just thought i’d pass that on, as toonsy said in his article the other day, we all love transfer gossip really πŸ˜€

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  6. batty…I was well pleased with the NΓΌrnberg tip, not many would have gotten that one…

    OhURLEY WHAT TIME IS IT IN YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS ?…ooopss caps lock error…or too many weißbiers…hic…

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  7. Munich
    nah, didn’t mean like that mate, just the fact he’s talked about that much and I can’t actually remember him giving an interview that’s all πŸ˜‰

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  8. MM,

    I went for a 14 team coupon. I went with 3 of the ones you mentioned. Schalke, bayern and nurnberg. Wasn’t confident with Dortmund away and didn’t choose werder due to late kick off. All three came in! Close with schalke and nurnberg!!

    12 teams won out of 14, would have been 5 grand but Swansea suprisingly lost and forest couldn’t break down Doncaster so drew.

    Set of puffs

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  9. Monchen Mag-

    It’s 4:00 pm here mate! Still bright, sunny, and warm hehehe!

    Dave- sure did, mate! All 160 of em like. Have any idea how long it takes to deliver 160 papers on a fcukin tricycle??

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  10. ILM …seems as if Carr has come from obscurity to hero in a pretty short period of time…needbody knew about him a few months back !…

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  11. Moreno…sorry to hear it bud… πŸ˜₯ Where you unhappy about it all ? Bet you were getting pretty excited, 13 out of 15 is some going mate !

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  12. Dave-

    You friends with anybody else from here on facebook? Other than toonsy, obviously lol

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  13. Ohurley…160 LA Times Sunday Edition on a tricycle takes some doing mate, they weigh 3Kg each !! …nowt for a proper Geordie like…I used to deliver 120 chronicles in a group of flats…hard work…!

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  14. Big Dave..thats not an electric scooter, it’s a souped up skateboard with “go faster” stripes…

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  15. Monchen-

    That sounds like a ****, man! I wouldn’t actually know bein’ as that my da was rich as **** when I was a kid and I never had to work. When I finally broke down and got a job at 16 years old, I worked in a guitar shop. It was awesome lol!

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  16. Now I sell mobile phones, and am working on finishing a degree in Philosophy. Probably going to become a barrister. That way I can try to keep Batty oota the clink 😈 πŸ˜†

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  17. Dave-

    HAHA Batty is on facebook?? Shit, you GOTTA send me a message on there and tell me how to find him haha

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  18. MM, was pretty exciting like, especially since teams like York were just scraping a 1-0, best one was Dundee as they were 1-0 down and ended up winning 2-1. Bolton also scored in last minute and I had them on. Made a day where we weren’t playing a bit more emotional for the sake of a quid….

    Can’t say I get upset, dain’t think that’s the way to look at it, I havent lost out on a win in my opinion, I spent a quid for a pretty emotional 90 minutes. if it had been one team pipped in the 90th minute then maybe that would have been a different story though!

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  19. Ohurley you’re random dude, I can see the link between mobile phones and a degree in philosophy……. Get your barrister qualifications quick, cos a bunch of the guys on here could need your help…good to have someone like you on our side…!

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  20. MM-

    No problemo, mate πŸ™‚ Figured a full fledged barrister might be a good thing to have in the Toon. Thinkin’ bout movin’ there like. I think I’d fit right in lol

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  21. You lot would be wonderin’ who that dumbass wearin’ the american football shirts is hehe. Probably be the only one in the Toon sportin’ a Tennessee Titans shirt lol

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  22. Dave – Aye I’ve been through it already πŸ˜†

    Munich has a facebook as well. Never knew that 😯

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  23. Dave- yeah that sucks. It’s cool to put a face with a name. Even when it’s as ugly as your’s 😈

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  24. OH but not when its as ugly as yours πŸ˜† πŸ˜†
    I allways find it strange when I have been talking to someone for a longtime on the blog and you dont know what they look like.
    You didn’t look like what I thought you would look like πŸ˜†

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  25. OHurley
    Posted March 12, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    “Cute kids though, davey”

    😯 😯 😯

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  26. Dave…get on the Interpol site if you want to put a face to the names on here πŸ˜‰

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  27. Mark is being frigid at the minute :mrgreen:

    Presumably because he is watching an awful lot of porn which is why I’ve just had to help him get rid of a load of dodgy viruses off his PC πŸ˜†

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