Alan Pardew has once again came out with some interesting comments about his time at Newcastle United, as always they have some basis in reality but once again don’t tell the whole truth.
Speaking to Henry Winter at The Times, Pardew says he gave it his best shot at Newcastle but that it happened within an overwhelming umbrella of emotion with regard to how Newcastle fans feel about Mike Ashley’s stewardship of the football club.
As we all susepected/knew, Alan Pardew confirms that he had little/no say on which players came into or left Newcastle, which he says made his job ‘difficult’.
The now Palace manager says that he had to talk positively even though he knew some of the players were nowhere near good enough, with Alan Pardew saying that fans never took that into consideration and just thought he and Mike Ashley were ‘just looking after’ themselves.
Which maybe gets to the heart of why so many supporters became sick of Pardew, due to the lengths he went to in sticking up for Mike Ashley’s rotten regime.
You can’t have it all ways, asking for sympathy now and saying you were only carrying out orders back then – Alan Pardew should have drawn a line in the sand, especially with the power he had after the club finished fifth in the league, he should have stood up to Ashley and demanded backing and to be allowed to do the job how he wanted to do it, including control of transfers.
Alan Pardew says he ‘can’t quite understand the aggression’ from Newcastle fans towards him. Once again, by taking his twenty pieces of silver from Mike Ashley and going along with the crazy running of the club – making ever less believable comments in defence of both Ashley and himself, along with a shocking set of results in his last couple of years at the club, how does he expect Newcastle supporters to feel as they watch the club fall apart?
In the final stages of his management at Newcastle, Alan Pardew would regularly come out with anecdotes about fans that he had allegedly bumped into and he would relate what the conversation had supposedly been, which almost always would be in direct contrast to what Newcastle fans thought at the time.
In this latest interview, Alan Pardew says he has sympathy for Steve McClaren because of the expectations of Newcastle fans, claiming that even when United finished fifth under him, loads of supporters were unhappy and thought we should have finished top four.
This is just untrue, I have never met a single Newcastle fan who thought ending up fifth that season was anything other than a remarkable series of factors (loads of players at top of their form, most matches won by a single goal, most of the goals being wonder strikes and yes, Alan Pardew getting many things right that season) coming together that enabled United to miraculously finish so high.
Alan Pardew talking to Henry Winter of The Times:
“The big jobs never really come my way apart from Newcastle. I gave it the best shift I could under the regime I was under. There is so much emotion around that city and the way the club is run (by Ashley).
“I can’t quite understand the aggression (from Newcastle fans) towards me. I just tried to do the best job I could for the Newcastle fans with the playing set I had. I didn’t have complete control over the playing set and that makes it difficult.
“I’m manager. I have to be positive even if some of the players I am thinking ‘he’s probably not the greatest’. That got lost, it was ‘me and Mike (Ashley) just looking after ourselves’. That was never the case. I don’t carry any bitterness towards anybody. I loved the people I met there.
“I do (have sympathy for Steve McClaren) because it is a job where the expectation makes it very difficult. They (Newcastle fans) always say they are realistic about their ambitions but actually when we finished fifth, had a fantastic season, I read reports saying, ‘Well we should have got in the Champions League’.
It will be an experience I’d never have swapped, the good and the bad.”