xisco3It is now looking likely that we have seen the last of Xisco…not that many of saw much of him in the first place!

Spanish second division club, Cordoba, are looking to take our Spanish striker on loan until the end of the season.

This summer will mark the end of his five year contract and the final departure of a player whose signing summed up the poisonous nature of what was happening at Newcastle United at the time.

Kevin Keegan was manager at the time but to chalk this disastrous purchase down to KK would be about as wide of the mark as one of Xisco’s shots.

This of course was the era when Dennis Wise and others had the final say on purchases and you can only wonder exactly what went on with this signing, Mike Ashley and Newcastle United getting taken for close on £6m for a player who United then struggled to loan to any of the clubs back in Spain, despite being prepared to pay most of his wages.

In the odd appearance he made he looked a real trier, a bit like a modern day Tony Cunningham for fans of a certain vintage. What you heard of him off the pitch as well, suggested he was a canny lad and no bother.

The only problem being that Xisco wasn’t very good at football, which is a bit of a ‘problem’ when you are going to end up costing your club the best part of £20m in transfer fee and wages.

The only positive I can take form this is that when he signed there was mention of an extra £1m due to Deportivo depending on how he got on…I assume he didn’t quite meet that criteria!

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14 comments
mirandinha9
mirandinha9

He did achieve some great things at the Toon; scrapes with relegation, never getting past the 4th round of the cup, having 4 successive losses to the Mackems, pushing a linesman, headbutting a player, etc. Yes, this man was successful,a true icon, if only in his own blooming mind! Glenn Roeder's tenure as Manager was nothing to write home about, but, his competence, professionalism and motivation of his Newcastle team, was far superior to Pardews.

DownUnderMag
DownUnderMag

I hate this mentality, one good season does not excuse what happened from then on.  I think if Pardew had actually spoken out more on the clubs transfer policy then he probably would have been given more of a chance.  I think the fact he aligned himself with the owner and lied openly to the fans was more damning to his tenure here than his results (or lack there of).

Big Al 1967
Big Al 1967

Yes Alan I had forgotten the countless stuffings against the scum down the road, the long winless streak at the beginning of this season, the non performances after Christmas last season, the relegation battle the season before and the numerous hammerings we received under your tenure. 

One overachieving season does not make you a decent manager by any stretch of the imagination

A lex
A lex

Yes, I remember ONE season, Alan. The rest was truly awful. If I've forgotten (as you say) please remind me of the good bits.

Toon Magpie
Toon Magpie

We were 4th under Pardew this season.

v0ices
v0ices

@Toon Magpie for a short period  of time muppet final positions are what count is your memory telling you that we were 4th when he left? If so I suggest you seek help.

Jievo
Jievo

Pardew will never go down as a great newcastle united manager, but I would argue that of the dross we've been served up over the years there are a great many worse and he was a perfectly serviceable servant of the club - or more specifically of the owner. And there lies the problem - he was okay. All Ashley ever wanted was okay, and a minimum of fuss. He is an inconsistent manager, but he tried. He served up the party line endlessly, but would have been out of a job if he didn't. 


I have no great love for alan pardew but the pardew out campaign, as well intentioned as it was, fired at the wrong target. We won't have the optimistic, entertaining team we want to see out there in the black and white without a change in ownership - I would love Ashley to prove me wrong but he's had ample opportunity and never taken it. Ashley needs to leave, soon, and if we have to be relegated for him to realise how out of place he is, then so be it. The championship won't destroy our club, many wonderful clubs play down in the second tier year after year. What IS destroying our club is intentional mediocrity with the premier league's riches pouring directly to the owners pocket. I would take a pardew, a hughton, anybody, if we had an owner with some ambition to build a strong team that we can get behind and rebuild bridges with the fans. I would take a season or three in the championship - hell, I wouldn't complain about league 2 - if we got an owner like that.

Mister Tee
Mister Tee

@Jievo

I think the Pardew campaign was designed to make it as uncomfortable for Ashley as possible by taking the focus away from purely just the manager and trying to force Ashley into making a decision and effectively showing his true ambitions for the club.

Once Pardew had gone, as it turned out by his own choice, it became very apparent the lack of foresight and ambition Mike Ashley really had.

To be fair though it was open to strong debate whether he should have been sacked long before he walked.

Any other club, at any other level, would have been scratching about looking for a new manager.

Most clubs with a manager as inconsistent as Pardew had become would have been (at least) looking towards making a shortlist of potential successors surely?

Didnt the club say they had 80 people apply after Pardew had left?

What sort of people were they??

Pardews few good results per season covered for Mike Ashley enormously and after he left it showed just how unorganised the owner was to a much wider audience then just Newcastle United fans.

That situation could have went on for years until Pardew himself decided to walk. Its debatable whether he deserved the good fortune of Crystal Palace needing a manager and making him an offer he couldnt really refuse.

A lex
A lex

@Mister Tee Very well described. Pardew was crap anyway, but the main point was that he was just another brick in the wall protecting Ashley.

Like Kinnear and now Carver, we have to get at them in order to get at Ashley. That is now happening and we can see how uncomfortable Ashley is with it all - he won't even turn up these days!

Keep chipping away at Ashleys 'protection' and we'll eventually get him. And, let's ensure it continues after tomorrows match. 

Toon Magpie
Toon Magpie

Carver has gotten off lightly if you ever believe what you wrote, why has Carver got off lightly he is just another brick in Humpty's wall surely knocking him out would make Humpty fall. Why is this brick being supported as it strengthens Ashley's wall?

magpiefifer
magpiefifer

Too easy to forget one good season - that's all Pardew managed - 'The Great Things'!!

We DO remember all the lies he told for his puppet master Ashley.

Toon Magpie
Toon Magpie

We were 4th under Pardew this season. Had he stayed with support of fans we would not be in this position.

Sickandtiredstill
Sickandtiredstill

@Toon Magpie Are you one of the ones that supported him? Have you any recollection of his results from Dec 29th of last season?

Mister Tee
Mister Tee

@Toon Magpie

We were also 20th under Pardew after the Southampton thrashing so I'm not really sure what your point is?

Had he won more games instead of limp defeats (eg Southampton, Stoke, West Ham, Arsenal, Man Utd, Sunderland, too many from the back end of last season to list) or scraping draws (eg Crystal Palace, Hull, Aston Villa, Swansea, Burnley) the fans would have supported him in the way they did before.

We showed too many similar patterns to last season to suggest any real progress would have been made this year, or the next, under Pardew - lose a couple, complain about lack of funds, lose a couple more, complain about how hard it is to get players over the line, win a few in a row, suck up to Ashley, lose a couple more, sell players, win a couple, complain about how small the squad is etc, etc. Continue to fade for the next 5 years....

We would not have been in this position had we replaced Pardew with a qualified and experienced manager.

LIKE NORMAL FOOTBALL CLUBS DO.

We would not have been in this position had we not allowed the squad to be severely weakened and signed players to cover.

LIKE NORMAL FOOTBALL CLUBS DO.

John Carver does not have the capabilities to be the main man at any football club, he has had limited (and poor) experience in America and the lower leagues of England so why Ashley thought him a steady hand to get us through the season is beyond me.

The problem wasnt Pardew leaving, it was him not being replaced with someone qualified.