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When Alan Pardew Became A Fantastic Coach…

7 years ago

Now I’m not a bitter person, nor would I ever complain at seeing Newcastle win, but at what point did Alan Pardew suddenly become this fantastic coach?

Now I for one have long called for his resignation, or sacking, purely because I think he is tactically inept and the quality of the individual players at Newcastle is better than anything he has had before.

Of course there was Tevez and Mascherano at west ham and look what happened there. Tevez flourished in a team heading for relegation while Mascherano sat on the bench.

Now you often hear that Alan is a very good man manager, something that is difficult to dismiss given the harmony that is portrayed in public about this squad. However, how many players have come through the door and become effectively useless after a few months under his management?

Cisse, Sissoko and Mbiwa are all example of full internationals who has started brightly and disappeared into the sunset as useful attributes to the team. Of course the manager can only take so much of the blame but in football in 2013 who is likely to take the fall; the player on a 6 year contract on £50,000 a week or the manager who, in Pardew’s case, has got 7 years on probably £20,000 a week with numerous get out clauses.

There is no disputing Newcastle have played well for periods of the last 2 games but scorelines shouldn’t diminish what really happened!

Chelsea were simply abysmal! Newcastle didn’t exactly blow them out the water  as rather we bored then into submission and hit them in the last half hour. Good tactics or poor opposition? You decide. Reflecting on the Spurs game, this was a 3-1 or 4-1 had it not been for an inspired performance form krul. How does the manager take the credit for that? “Well I said to Tim go out and save everything today!” said Pardew more than likely to some baffled journo.

The pace in the Newcastle attack thanks to the sensational Remy, means we can hit teams hard on the break. However, as you saw in the game after our match, can’t all teams in the premiership do that? Sunderland beat Man City and show once again how individual results can happen when least expected.

The real test comes in our next two winnable home games but as we saw too often against Sunderland, West Ham and Hull, when push comes to shove can we beat teams who the onus is on Newcastle doing the attacking, or are we a one trick counter attack pony?

Winning these games can make something happening this season, failure to and we are back to square one.


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