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Robbie Savage Has Second Thoughts On Pardew

7 years ago

Last weekend Alan Pardew chose Robbie Savage to have a go at, when talking after his team fought back to draw 2-2 with Hull, courtesy of Papiss Cisse’s rescue act.

In the build-up that game it wasn’t just the [intlink id=”47941″ type=”post”]Sack Pardew protesters [/intlink]who were piling the pressure on the United manager, countless pundits and journalists were also wondering whether Pardew’s time was up at St.James’ Park.

In his BBC Sport column, Savage had suggested that Alan Pardew sounded like he was ‘a broken man’, which the Newcastle boss reacted to by claiming he wasn’t a broken man, something which Robbie Savage hadn’t actually said.

As to why Pardew chose Savage to have a go at from the many critics, I’m guessing that it was a calculated fightback with Savage widely seen as a bit of a joke figure by many, rather than one of the more credible and respected public figures who’d openly criticised Pardew. No doubt the Newcastle United spin/PR department pointing Pardew in this direction.

However, following that fightback by Pardew’s players and the manager’s own performance on that matchday, Robbie Savage may be now having doubts about his original assessment as summed up in what he’s said in these follow up comments on BBC Sport;

‘The Newcastle manager Alan Pardew’s criticism of me saying he sounded like “a broken man” in my BBC Sport column last week was not the first time I have had a response to comments I have made in the media.

can understand why Pardew took what I said to heart because I used to do the same with comments made about me.

I stand by what I said about Pardew after Newcastle’s 4-0 defeat by Southampton – I didn’t say he was a broken man, I said he sounded like one.

He did sound dejected, although I have obviously never been in the situation he was in, coming out to face the media after a game where his players have not performed. It must be very difficult.

I was surprised he picked me out to respond to, because I had heard a lot of people saying a very similar thing, but the important thing was the way that Pardew showed I was wrong about him.

He did not do that by criticising my comments, he did it with the way he came out fighting for his job in their draw with Hull last weekend.

Pardew did not hide from the crowd despite the protests that were planned against him, he did not throw in the towel when his side went 2-0 down.

Instead, he made an inspired substitution that turned the game, bringing on Papiss Cisse for Emmanuel Riviere and seeing him score twice in the last 20 minutes to earn Newcastle a point.

Afterwards, his voice was full of passion and energy, which was great to hear.

Last week I also wrote that it was hard to see him surviving in his job for much longer – I would be delighted if he proved me wrong about that too.’


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