Puppet to puppet master?

Remember this old chestnut regarding Alan Pardew? The whole talk of him being a puppet, a stooge, a stool pigeon? That kind of thing…

It’s all died down now hasn’t it, aside from some continued grumbling from an extreme minority who are seemingly not happy with the way the club is heading.

The fact is that Alan Pardew has done a stunning job as manager of Newcastle United. We’re on course for our best league finish in a long time (one win will guarantee 5th place), have some brilliant players now, and are playing some really decent football.

Of course it hasn’t all been sweetness and light and we’ve had bad results and poor performances, like all other teams. We’re no different. What has been impressive is the way we’ve bounced back from those disappointing defeats, like we did at Chelsea the other night.

You really can’t argue with the job he has done. From being viewed as a puppet to becoming a tactically astute manager who has confounded his critics, and continues to do so, all while keeping the players on side and getting the best out of them can’t be faulted.

He’s proved a lot of people wrong and long may that continue. It’s long been said that football managers are judged on results and if you’re judging Pardew on his then you really have to return a favourable verdict. We are where we are in the league based on results.

All in all it’s a remarkable turnaround for Alan Pardew. From garnering a tiny percentage of votes in a local poll prior to his arrival, to now becoming an integral part of this renaissance – a renaissance which has seen thrust into the battle for a Champions League place – you really can’t fault his success so far with United.

Or can you?

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176 thoughts on “Puppet to puppet master?

  1. Great game….. one of the best neutral games I’ve seen this year..


  2. if we we win the next 2 games we are above Arsholes…lol so 4th will b ours…hehe


  3. Great result. Now it’s all on tomorrow win and our fate is in our hands. Is a draw enough?


  4. WHAT a game its gna be now tomorrow!! 2 wins for newcastle and they are in the champions league!!! hard task but we are very capable with mr cisse and co


  5. I don’t think my nerves will hold up if we have a game like that tomorrow!! An easy 4 nil victory would suffice 🙂


  6. If we don’t capitalise on that result we need shooting Man ****ty or not ,it’s home ,SBR statue being unveiled last game at home red hot atmosphere from the Toon ,its all set up for a famous win…………..I hope. 😉

    Right off to paint a door now .


  7. Well it is well and truly game on now , i have a feeling we are going to win tomorrow after that result , our boys will be well up for it .i can’t remember the last time i was so excited going into the last 2 games of the season.


  8. ……….Aye was pretty tense there at the end like ……shaking like a ****ting dog me here like ……phewww 😯 😯 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆


  9. The pressure is on City make no bones about it.. its their title to lose, so they will be under the pump… we have beaten chelsea and manure, so we can beat them, no problems 🙂


  10. I still think that City at 100% will be too much for us. I said we could beat Chelsea at their best-and imo they weren’t far from that against us but City will still be a big ask. Just want to keep ourselves under the radar…let City think we were lucky against Chelsea, and hopefully the pressure will get to City as the title is now in their hands again….****ting it though, especially as I shouldn’t be watching any football with all these ****ing exams about!


  11. Fecking hell, City have scored 14 goals from corners and if I’m not wrong, we’ve scored one? Maybe two? Madness 😯


  12. yeah gutted I ca’t be at the game tomorrow 🙁
    really tough ask to win tomorrow but we obviously have a chance, even a defeat keeps us with CL aspirations going into the final game – who the **** would have dreamt of that at the beginning of the season!


  13. Can’t believe they actually blew it! Hahaha!

    I feel like tomorrow is the biggest match EVER 😯

    Bring it on!!! Howay the lads!!


  14. areet peeps.
    I said yesterday that Norwich could get something from Le Arse.
    I was out of breath just reading all the comments above 😆
    We really have a big chance tomorrow, but I think we are gonna face an almighty onslaught from ****ty pants.
    They are gonna want to put us to the sword in the manner of wigan.
    I would take a draw now if I could, but although I think we will put in a good performance, they will be too strong for us. 😥
    But its a funny old game and owt could happen.
    Fingers crossed. HTL


  15. Regarding Alan Pardew, not much more can be said than has already.
    He’s been lucky so far but just wait til the honeymoon is over and we hit a bad run of form. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 😆
    (divent gan holding ya breath tho) 😆


  16. Pardew deserves Manager of the Year award IMO. Interesting fact would be that he never won the Manager of the Month award this season yet. Shocking considered that we won 7 games in the last 8.


  17. ‘Shola to thank for Newcastle’s greatest ever goals’

    When I saw this headline on Newsnow I thought about the Cisse goal but also Alan Shearer vs. Everton, when Shola layed it off for him and he hit it first time on the volley, what a goal that was.



  18. so who do we want to win tonight then?
    I want chewsea to win so they sign RdM permanently. (they will be ****ed when his bubble borsts :mrgreen: )
    I’m sick of hearing the racists players coming out with the old ‘medals and cups are more important than europe’ line. Utter bollix. 😈


  19. Lawro predicted arsenil to win today 😳
    and true to form, has predicted us to lose tomorrow. :mrgreen:
    Howay the Lads. Put him right AGAIN
    “I really thought that Chelsea would beat Newcastle in midweek, but the reason they didn’t was because of those two stunning goals by Papiss Demba Cisse. It is understandable why everyone is raving about Cisse’s second goal because it was absolutely brilliant.

    It was a great win for the Magpies but this is Manchester City we are talking about.

    With only two games left, they know that if they win both games then they win the Premier League and I think they will go to Newcastle and win. Yes, of course it will be a difficult game but Newcastle need a win too so they are going to have to open up a little bit.

    I just think City, at the moment, away from home have realised what they have to do to win games. I know it has taken them a while but the penny has dropped.

    How will Roberto Mancini’s men approach this game? Well, they will give ultimate respect to Newcastle and will see what they have got in the first half an hour before they start to turn the screw.

    If they get good service to Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez, then I think that will be good enough to see City through.

    Prediction: 1-2 ”


  20. BB@170- They can say that all they like but end of the day they will be gutted to lose out on a CL spot and all the cash it brings in.
    Bottom line if they lose today all they got to show for this season is a league cup and no European spot at all, just ****ty league form 😈 After all they have spent it’s not good enough and they know it.

    C’mon Chelsea do the Dippers and give judas and Enrique a season to forget. 😈


  21. If Chelsea win the FA Cup then the worst we can do is get into the last qualifying round for the Europa League.

    Chelski to win FA Cup, Bayern CL Final, Toon to beat Citeh and Everton – job’s a good ‘un 😀


  22. Toonsy – I think your article is stop on. The bloke has gone from “Alan ****ing Pardew”??? when he first arrived. Then it was “yeah, he’s doing ok but he’s just Ashleys puppet – his mouth piece”. Then he done well and made some good signs but his tactics were rubbish – too defensive. Now, his **** smells of roses.

    That has been my developing view of the fella over the course of his time at Newcastle and I’m sure others view haven’t been far off.

    The bloke deserves all the credit in the world. He’s just got on with it, regardless of fans views and stupid decision from the board. There is no other manager in the league that deserves manager of the season more and it would be a disgrace if that award is not already his.


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