It Is A 7 Out Of 10 For Alan Pardew
In the new issue of The Mag, Toon Bano gave us his assessments of the squad so far but we didn’t quite have space for his take on Alan Pardew’s performance this season.
Toon Bano awards the Newcastle manager 7 out of 10 and here’s his review of the manager over the course of the first half of the season;
If you asked me at the end of last season, I would have given him 1/10 and demanded for him to be sacked.
Credit though is due towards Mr Pardew for what he has achieved so far this season. I have slated Pards more than most over the past three years of his tenure but I always gave him the credit when it was deserved. His natural instincts have always been, and will always be, negative. He just can’t help it.
The ‘let’s hold on to what we have’ policy is still very much in place in our team and for every grinded out result it brings, this philosophy also brings the totally unnecessary loss of points against inferior opposition.
Losing against Hull at home when you are 2-1 up at half time is the most obvious example of this pathetic attitude. We can all imagine the type of words that were coming out of Pardew’s mouth. The thoughts of going out and dominating a team you are clearly superior to and winning by a 3, 4 or 5 goal margin is totally out of the question and are only saved for when the other team are down to 9 men it seems. In fact any kind of attacking mentality is only typically used…when we are already losing!
Only when we are a goal down or have proceeded to throw away a lead by almost sucking the ball into our own net as we suffocate ourselves with ‘containment’, do we then go on the attack and express ourselves. A recent example being Arsenal at home. Yes we did a job up to a certain extent by staying in the game for an hour against the league leaders, but once we went 1-0 down, we didn’t half batter them back into their own penalty area.
Maybe it’s because I was brought up on an unbalanced diet of the Kevin Keegan era but when I see an opposition team, no matter what badge they are wearing, and they are failing to hurt us in any way and are creating nothing, then I see that as an opportunity to attack them. Not to sit back and ‘stick’ to what we’ve got.
I also understand the obvious tactic was to keep it 0-0 and then stick Benny on after the hour, but why not stick him on at half time? It was clear to the pundits in the Sky Sports studio that Debuchy was killing Arsenal down the right hand side as Cazorla offered no help to Gibbs whatsoever, so you can only imagine what Ben Arfa could have done against the Arsenal team that were still looking forward at 0-0. This is what an attacking minded manager does. A Keegan or even Sir Bobby.
Unfortunately, a Pardew just can’t see it. He only sees Cazorla threatening our right back rather than the other way around. I will never see eye to eye with Pardew. I would rather lose going for the win, then sitting back.
Saying all of this though, it’s so far so good on the whole for Pardew this season. I am laying off him more this year as Mike Ashley made a bit of a mockery of his position by having Joe Kinnear hang around his head like a bad stench.
To be quite frank, the alternative to Alan Pardew coming in the shape of an out of touch waste of space, makes my skin crawl.
Carry on Pards. You’re doing alright.
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