Pardew Interview On TV – Reviewed
I have just watched the extended interview with Pardew on Sky in which he talked in some detail about the Toon and where we are at.
I am happy to lay my cards on the table – I think Pardew is an ok manager and certainly the best we are going to get; the players like him, he has stopped playing hoofball and does set the team out in a more attacking way than last season.
However, he is a political pawn and so much of what he says is desperately striking the balance between appeasing the owner and appeasing the fans. For his many critics all I would say is 2 things; JFK would undoubtedly replace him and that is very very bad in so many ways, plus if he made criticism of the owners then he would definitely be shown the door (as Keegan/Shearer found).
The interview really said very little new but a couple of points did come out – these are how I interpreted them anyway
- He definitely believes (and wants) to have a go at the cups – JFK and Ashley do not care.
- An undisguised warning to JFK when he said that the game is moving so quickly that if you do miss a couple of years there is no getting back into it. Not only was that a warning but showed to me he really does want to stay
- Critical of the over-reaction to results from fans but recognized it is part of the 1 club 1 city scenario
- Accepted the Toon are a bigger club than West Ham – whatever that means
- In error said that he tells strikers to think for a split second before shooting – in Papiss’s case though is no good – a completely instinctive striker.
- Is still after a striker but admitted it was money that stopped any getting over the line last summer
- JFK is tasked with finding British players rather than overseas; maybe Carr has been a little sidelined.
- Blamed (but understood why his head was turned) Cabaye for not playing at the start of the season. Man City and West Ham certainly would have been different if he played. There’s more to run on the Cabaye story!
- Was a little critical of Ashley as a footballing leader and said that he fails to recognize football is a different business to retail. He also hinted that Ashley does sometimes react to a situation without thinking it through.
- Interestingly Ashley ‘loves’ football but ‘wants’ Newcastle to do well – not a wholesale endorsement.
You can read so much into what Pardew says but I ended as I started; the club is going nowhere under Ashley but Pardew is as good as we are going to get as manager.
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