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Alan Pardew Plan – 4 Days Training On Defence and 1 Day On Attack…Allegedly

6 years ago

The headlines after Swansea suggest that Pardew is back on the up after so many downs in his career. Ashley was notably in attendance, what did he learn?

The most obvious lesson when watching the game back again, is what a talent Tim Krul is. But for two fantastic saves from Bony, the result and indeed, the headlines, might have been markedly different.

Bony’s efforts and his goal will have confirmed how fortunate Ashley is to have the services of Graham Carr. For once Ashley can take credit for talking Carr out of his alleged resignation.

The other Swansea goalscorer was of course a Pardew reject, Wayne Routledge, now tipped by many pundits to be on the verge of an England call up. Following a great strike for the Swans against West Brom in August, Ashley will have seen that some former players are capable of development under other coaches, something which Ashley may not realise if he has not seen Mbiwa’s performances in Italy.

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Routledge’s replacement was of course Obertan. What Obertan did provide was width and his 2nd assist in a league game since December 2012. The other assist was provided by another wide player in the shape of Sammy Ameobi. Newcastle United are more of a threat when wide players play wide, rather than follow Pardew’s narrow formula.

Pardew might argue that his tactics of playing players on the wrong side can pay off sometimes. Sammy provided the perfect pass playing from the right wing, his less natural position. Sammy did in fact play his pass from out wide with his left foot, not cutting in – few players have the talent to cause the sort of mayhem that Hatem Ben Arfa was capable of.

The scorer of both our goals was Cisse, showing what he does best. Cisse scores most when receiving the ball facing goal. He did not do it when playing out on the wing where Pardew insisted on playing him for a significant part of his Newcastle career, when the striker appeared devoid of confidence and technique. Cisse had also been ineffective when played as a ‘back to goal’ striker. Under Pardew, Ashley’s £10m asset was showing signs of accelerated depreciation.

The manager is reported by former players to spend 4 days per week concentrating on defence and 1 on how to win a game. The ease with which Swansea carved open the Newcastle defence would seem to highlight the manager’s deficiencies, which Pardew seems to consider his strengths.

There are two final lessons for Ashley.

The first is that LLLWDLLLWWLWLLLLLLWLLDDLDD is not a small town in Wales, more a recipe for losing £millions in Premier League profits from his neglected cash cow.

The other is that the point against the Swans should be Pardew’s Swan song.

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