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Pardew reveals lack of defensive signings was a cunning stunt

Posted on September 14th, 2012 | 61 Comments |

Alan Pardew as Corporal Jones in "Dad's Army."
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With many fans concerned at the lack of defensive cover with the Toon Army facing a war on four fronts this season (including an invasion of Europe), Alan Pardew has come out on the offensive once again.

He revealed that the club’s “failure” to bring in any new centre backs was actually intentional as it would have inhibited the development of the club’s red hot Academy prospects, 20 year-old Bradford bomber, James Tavernier, and 17 year old sand dancing sensation, Remi Streete.

The Silver Supremo said:

“You have to look at a football club as a whole and there has to be a route to the first team otherwise you’re not going to progress as a club. I’ve opened up the route, especially with the Europa League, and told them ‘Come and take your chance.’

“This year I think is a year for the younger players to break through. Now if they don’t break through I might take a different policy next year but it is a great opportunity to break through with all the games we’ve got.

“But the Fergusons, the Ameobis, the Vuckics, Remi Streete, Tavernier – they’ve got to make their move, this is the year to make it. Rob Elliot as well.”

“I felt at the start of the year, when we looked at the centre-half situation, that bringing someone in would stand in the way of two players with great futures at the club – Tavernier and Remi Streete,”

However in this latest statement, Pardew did not explain why the club made an approach for FC Twente’s centre half, Douglas, in the last transfer window. Though the numerous reports of Newcastle United actually making two definite bids on the player were wide of the mark (which is why they weren’t reported on here).

I may be speculating somewhat, but Pardew was possibly making these comments in response to the latest injury crisis to decimate the Magpies’ backline (and elsewhere) like the Black Death decimated the population of Europe in the Fourteenth Century. The Grey Gaffer hinted at this as he continued:

“Now Remi Streete, I was hoping our injuries would stay fit (???? – WT) for the next two or three months because he isn’t quite ready yet. Unfortunately that hasn’t happened because Colo has been injured but it’s only a short-term injury and we’ve got players and that’s what they’re paid for – to come and play at this level. Somewhere down the line we may have to call on those guys and I think they’ll do well.”

With Newcastle united’s punishing schedule on both home and European fronts in what could be a “watershed” season for the club, and also with Pardew’s previous statements on possible reinforcements, it stretches the bounds of credibility somewhat that this was Pardew’s plan all along. However, there’s nothing the Grey Gaffer can do about it now, and we can but hope that both Tavernier and Streete, along with other young hopefuls in other positions emerge as genuine top level players this season, because even without any further injury crises, we will almost certainly need them to “step up to the crease” on more than one occaision in the coming months.

In other words, I think that he’s indulging in a little revisionism after the event of a disappointing transfer window for the club, where they didn’t get the Sports Direct style 50% off bargains they were hoping for.

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61 Responses

  1. Thought so worky. As for the story i was thinking the same as you when I was reading Pardew in the echo but without some of the long words! :-)

  2. They posted that header of Cisse’s against Ivory Coast as a link on the Guardian today. That was style.

    Between him, Ba and Ben Arfa we have players that are worth watching whatever the result.

  3. Never really liked Partridge but I have to say the longer his managerial appointment drags on the more I despise him.
    Him and the board are pricks…in cahoots together to milk NUFC.

  4. toontony says:
    September 14, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    “Thought so worky. As for the story i was thinking the same as you when I was reading Pardew in the echo but without some of the long words!”

    Haha toontony. :-)

    GS says:
    September 14, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    “They posted that header of Cisse’s against Ivory Coast as a link on the Guardian today. That was style.”

    Aye it was GS, but you could have posted a link for the few who haven’t seen it yet ;-)

  5. Sorry Worky @8, I was reading The Guardian financial news and flipped over to their Man U site (football site) and saw the Cisse goal.

    Didn’t really think about it again until I came on here.

  6. But, Worky @8, wasn’t that a case of hoofball working for Senegal? Maybe it could work occationally for NUFC with Cisse and Ba, and even Shola and Sammy?

  7. The thing about Harper is that he makes some great reaction saves when the ball is close to his body.

    When a shot is a foot and a half away from him, he just watches the ball go into the net or go wide.

  8. GS says:
    September 14, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    “But, Worky @8, wasn’t that a case of hoofball working for Senegal?”

    It’s a complex argument. There’s nothing wrong with making a long pass if it’s the right pass at the right time. They caught Ivory Coast “on the break” there with only no Ivory Coast player properly back in his box. If it had just been hoofed into a gaggle of players from both teams in the faint hope it would catch one of the passer’s own team on the heed, then that would have been propa “hoofball.”

  9. GS says:
    September 14, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    “The thing about Harper is that he makes some great reaction saves when the ball is close to his body.

    When a shot is a foot and a half away from him, he just watches the ball go into the net or go wide.”

    GS, that’s very unfair. Whilst young Krul may have a little more agilty, that’s a huge exaggeration.

    BTW, is this “hoofball,” or is it art?

  10. So when Chuck said hoofball, that’s what he meant then.

    Not give it to Andy Carroll and knock it back to Nolan and get 100 points in the Championship? Try it in the premiership before sacking Hughton and selling Andy?

  11. Worky, Worky, Worky: I think I have taken over your ornery mantle :) I can never take it from the King though – Chuck.

  12. Obliously there’s a reward in hiring a politically appointed manager, he’s available to repeat the mantra of the moment.
    Which we are aware of is currently, brave Mike rejected those (your choice) derisory/big offers for our star players.
    Yeah right you cheap f**ks !
    For a side that reached fifth place and with a few quality re-inforcements and could very well be looking at a championship spot this coming season, thats just a load of crap that no-one other than an idiot would buy.
    Yeah the PR department’s working overtime to attempt to get that message out.
    So what’s going on then ?
    Aint it obvious, why spend money to chase silverware, when we can coast as a fairly decent mid table side and still generate a profit as an adjunct to Sports Direct.
    Face it, we are not on the list of sides who have consistently won things over the last fifty years, therfore dont really have a worldwide support base, that buys shirts.
    Sports Direct does’nt discriminate between clubs, they sell whatever to whoever, but we do the advertising.
    And for free!
    Yeah the earnings of the PL accompanied by the selling off of our star players over the next few years, should take care of any Ashley accrued debts, plus he can continue the assembly line, buying cheap selling for what the market will bear, yeah right !
    Good luck with that Mike!

  13. GS
    Yeah i might be considered as an ornary ould git and appreciate the attention i get from you, but it’s not something i’m really comfortable with.
    Kna what i mean like ?

  14. I think we had a short discussion on here a couple of months ago about how Harper had replaced Eliot as 2nd ‘keeper and that maybe that wasn’t the best plan.

    I think one of you lot said it was a bad idea to sell Forster.

    We can always rely on a Ben Arfa 30 yarder to win the game again against Everton :) And really, we do have some match winners in our team, so don’t count us out.

  15. sjt, your right there mate, he was a shortsighted appointment to say the least, but as time goes on, he is looking more and more, out of his depth.
    for him to be secure this season, ashley and co, had to back him, which most knew they wouldn’t, so they are taking another gamble, on a very average manager.

    his high point was last season, and i think it is going to be the inevitable downward spiral for him.
    he is a manager you bring in, at a struggling club, to help you tread water, but he really has no business, being at bigger club, as his ability will never travel up in level.
    a bit like a heavy handed lightweight, stepping up, to try and knock out, a cruiserweight, it aint going to happen!

    we have some tough games coming up, and there is definately some unrest, on the horizon.
    i can see us being embroiled in a crisis, very soon, then you will see the real alan pardew, come to the fore.
    the bloke who will blame everybody else, apart from himself, like i’ve seen him many times before.
    he has had a pretty lucky run, so far, lets see what he’s like, when it all turns against him, and it will, big time.

    policy this, policy that, they haven’t got one santella, of a policy between them!

  16. he’s talking about next seasons policy, very ambitious alan, as you will be very lucky, to still be here, as fatboy and co, will use him as a scapegoat, when it all goes pete tong.
    he will be left to carry the can, i wonder if he’ll still defend them, when the time comes?

    personally i thought he had outlived his usefulness, last season, so i’m now expecting the crash.

  17. I think we’re being incredibly harsh on our Silver Supremo here. We shouldn’t forget that the football staff at the club, not just Pardew himself but his predecessor, his backroom staff and of course the players themselves have actually done very well under the circumstances despite, not because of the gruesome twosome running the club. Poor Pardew knows that if he goes off message it’s lampshade time, just as it was for Hughton and the rest and it will be the same for his successors too.

    Save it for Ashley and Llambias.

  18. I dare say Trojan’s right there. I fear this squad is destined to return to Earth with a thud this term and AP will be the lightning rod. I only worry about who the next clown would be because there’s no way any of my preferred choices (Gus Poyet for example) would come. Pardew can’t possibly actually believe the stuff he’s saying. He watched Tavernier struggle against Atromitos. The kid may have a PL future but that ain’t where it’s at now. Streete has never warranted inclusion in the first team, ever. We’ll have exactly four more EL games against not-so-tough competition (better than Atromitos though) and then it’s on to the stage where you will see a Liverpool, Atletico or Anzhi in every match. How is that an appropriate stage for completely untested youths to make their mark?

  19. tunyc says:
    September 15, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    “We’ll have exactly four more EL games against not-so-tough competition”

    You obviously didn’t read my epic about Bordeaux, tunyc. ;-) They’re a very good side and facing them won’t be that much different from facing Everton. Brugge could possibly give us a nasty shock too if we go in with a second string side and in indifferent attitude.

  20. Actually looking for a link for a Tiote article and found the above which just goes to show that the BPL’s reach is all encompassing :)

  21. AndyMac says:
    September 15, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    “Just found this video clip of Witters, Batty and their, er “friends”, celebrating the Tiote equaliser:)”

    Be careful Andy. Little baby Witters likes dishing it out, but if you give him anything back he’ll start crying like a baby and threaten to send the Police out to arrest you, instruct his solicitor to take legal action etc. He’s done that twice with me so far today, and in the past too.

    “It’s one thing accusing my avatar (incorrectly btw) but its another when you reveal &/or disclose my identify, something that you are not entitled to do under the law of data protection. I’ll be speaking to the information commissionaires office on Monday.

    “Complete twat”

    “So basically what you’ve done is revealed my identify, threatened me & encourage anyone finds out who I am to assault me. Are you proud of yourself? Is that how you get your kicks? it’s not even me who’s trying to post comments. Total tosser.

    “I’m going to the police & I’ll be talking to a solicitor. Hopefully see you in court.”

    What a fanny! :lol:

  22. Worky @28: What are you doing stirring up trouble? I would have thought you wouldn’t care. I said something flattering about you on there ages ago and about 5 of them immediately set me straight on what a tw@t you are.

    I am watching the Mackems. Liverpool could do with a center forward, somebody with a bit of presence up front.

    Didn’t Suarez have a good scoring record for Ajax? He seems to snatch at his shots now.

  23. The Yank commentators are giving Liverpool stick. I will paraphrase “it’s alright having all the fancy patterns and passing, but where is the end product?” Now, where have I heard that before?

    Hopefully, I will be made to eat my words as they are playing the unwashed after all. And Titsup is on, so even their forwards might score now.

    TR73, maybe Rodgers will be available next season?

  24. GS says:

    “Worky @28: What are you doing stirring up trouble? I would have thought you wouldn’t care. I said something flattering about you on there ages ago and about 5 of them immediately set me straight on what a tw@t you are”

    You’re one of them then GS ?

    Everybody else, including me, gets banned immediately on ,co.uk if not by Toonsy then by his aide-de-moron, Moreno.

    “toonsy
    April 24, 2011 at 22:13

    Well I’ve had my say. I used to try and dominate peoples opinions and people don’t like it. AndyMac is doing just that and it will kill .org eventually.

    Leave him to it I say :D!

    Thanks Toonsy, for your support, will wear it forever even though its a bit loose !

    So Batty and Witters stay on that side of the fence and we stay on this :lol:

  25. Sorry to go on about Liverpool, but there has been many a discussion on here about how good Rodgers is. Now he brings on Downing for Borini. I seem to remember Rodgers saying Downing would be better served playing left back.

  26. GS says:

    “Sorry to go on about Liverpool, but there has been many a discussion on here about how good Rodgers is. Now he brings on Downing for Borini. I seem to remember Rodgers saying Downing would be better served playing left back”

    We know you’re just getting at Chuck GS so just tell him, dont slyly mention it in passing :lol:

  27. AndyMac: Believe it or not, I did get into an argument on there and some of them thought I was banned. I wasn’t, I was bored, so I never went back.

  28. Yesss. My hatred of the Mackems overrides my gloating about Rodgers. Even if Liverpool win, it doesn’t negate my comments about Carroll and Downing.

  29. i’ll get me “septic peg”, crystal baal oot, pardew to get sent down the road, and dekka lambsarse and fatboy, to put lee clark in the hot seat.
    they never miss chance to use some, “geordie jingoism”, yet again, plus he’ll take the job, on low wages, but boyhood club in aal that.

  30. but Pardwho’s Manager of the Year (twice) TR ? Surely his record of never having won a Toon game, when going a goal behind, deserves better than your cynical viewpoint ?

  31. Rodgers might be a good coach but he is a bad manager. He needs to have a bit more tact. If your wife says “do these jeans make my arse look fat” you don’t say “no, your arse makes your arse look fat”.

    You also shouldn’t say – Stewart you are a crap winger, Andy you have no place in my team, and Jordan you are just a waste of space (and 16 million), oh and Charlie, f@ck off we need you off the wage bill.

  32. GS says:
    September 15, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    “Worky @28: What are you doing stirring up trouble?”

    No. I’ve had to block so many IP numbers because of witters posting abuse on here that some other users who live close to him and use the same provider have been blocked too. I merely explained that to one of the people affected and it’s sent poor baby witters into hysterics. I don’t see why I should have to make something up to explain why some genuine users of the site can’t post comments without them being held in moderation when I can just tell them the truth.

    Do you?

  33. Worky @39, No.

    And Charlie, you are fat and ugly, and what is it with that gap in your teeth. If you weren’t a footballer you’d be joining Peter Crouch being a virgin. Now f@ck off and join him at Stoke.

    But Boss, says Charlie, I only asked if you wanted a cup of tea.

  34. GS says:
    September 15, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    “Yesss. My hatred of the Mackems overrides my gloating about Rodgers.”

    GS, You must have carefully designed and refined that comment to rattle Chuck’s cage to the maximum extent possible. :-)

  35. Worky, I am not trying to rile Chuck. Independently of him, I was having a schadenfreude moment because of what Rodgers said about the Mackems last year when Swansea lost 2-0 there. Again, I am paraphrasing, but I think he said that the locals were lucky to see such a team as Swansea play such beautiful football that day.

  36. AndyMac says:
    September 15, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    “The one thing I hate about other managers is waffle that is nowhere near the truth. I would never conduct myself like that. – Alan Pardew”

    Do you remember:

    “The top three or four teams have a massive advantage; they can even play with you and say they are coming for one of your players but then not actually do so. I’m sure that goes on” – Alan Pardew

    Aye, someone was doing just that with clubs like Lille and FC Twente right through the last transfer window.

  37. So, they have this documentary called “Being Liverpool” starting tomorrow here. Luckily there won’t be many scouse accents.

    It is narrated by that well known scouser Clive Owen. Apparently, Ken Dodd, Stan Boardman and Harry Enfield weren’t available.

    Yeah, I know, David Attenborough narrates stuff about monkeys and he isn’t a monkey so why do we need a scouser to……And, Harry Enfield, etc…..

  38. Am I allowed to panic if Pardiola plays Bigi-smalls in central midfield instead of switching Jonas over there and playing Ba on the left? I thought Tiote would be fit and Cisse should be rested, but not with Tiote out.

  39. GS says:
    September 15, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    “So, they have this documentary called “Being Liverpool” starting tomorrow here. Luckily there won’t be many scouse accents.”

    What on earth will the Yanks make of that?

  40. Sorry Worky @49: I didn’t say it. It is an inside look at LFC, coaching, players, backroom (bootroom) staff. “Fly on the wall” documentary stuff, or so they portray it.

    I want to see the car park and count the Bentleys. Steven Gerrard is apparently so stupid that he has two Bentleys, he drives one to training himself and has his chauffeur drive the other one there.

  41. One of latest American groups to buy a major football club is Joseph Tacopina’s “Raptor Group” who bought Roma a few months back. They sound nice! :-)

    Tacopina’s a “notorious” criminal defence lawyer with Italian roots, looks like a Mafia Don and talks about “family” alot. They might be coming after Santon again with an offer which cannot be refused, otherwise I can see Ashley’s helicopter having a little “accident” if Don Tacopina doesn’t get what he wants.

  42. Worky: Don’t ge me wrong, Steven C. writes some good stuff, but I couldn’t figure out his conspiracy stuff for the life of me.

  43. GS says:
    September 15, 2012 at 8:24 pm (Edit)

    “I was having a schadenfreude moment because of what Rodgers said about the Mackems last year when Swansea lost 2-0 there. Again, I am paraphrasing, but I think he said that the locals were lucky to see such a team as Swansea play such beautiful football that day.”

    GS, this is the kind of football Rodgers claims he is playing. Is he right or has he missed something?

  44. SJT says:

    “Never really liked Partridge but I have to say the longer his managerial appointment drags on the more I despise him.
    Him and the board are pricks…in cahoots together to milk NUFC.”

    Don’t hold back there, tell it like it is SJT :)

    We have some good players though. Or would you rather watch Micky Quinn and Amdy Faye?

  45. Worky @54, that wasn’t a bad team. However, with Cryuff as manager and Laudrup playing there is a bit more football knowledge there in a little finger than Rodgers possesses in his whole arrogant body.

    You can afford to be arrogant when you are Cryuff, Paisley, Ferguson or Mourinho, when you have done something, and won something.

  46. And @56: Worky, and Clough. And I know you put Michels up there. But, I got Old Big ‘Ed’s autobiography for one dollar. I am going to read it on a plane just to annoy the other fliers with me LOLing. They bring infants on, so I will be getting my own back on them.

    Last time I did it was Tom Sharpe’s “Indecent Exposure” 20 years ago.

  47. Brian Moore was very prescient. When he used to say in the early ’70’s “for all you coming back from the office, the score is 1-0” he wasn’t just being a Southern snob. No. He was predicting Thatcher and the demise of shipyards, factories, engineering and mines.

    A life of call centres, i-phones and where the only jobs are nurses, painters and consultants.

    A life of home offices.

  48. so his plan was to push younger talent but he has hardly played them.I would prefer if he come out and said yea we f____d up no Tim fab cheik and 5 games in 14 days we are going to struggle

  49. GS says:
    September 15, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    “And I know you put Michels up there.”

    He is FIFA’s “Coach of the Century” (20thC) and rightly so. He shaped the best modern football more than anyone else along with his protege, Cruyff. Some other managers may have won a few more trophies but they were both restless. They wouldn’t stay at a club for decades, grinding out trophy after trophy like Ferguson. They would innovate, prove their point and move on to start all over again. Guardiola seems to be similar with his little sabbatical.

    When Michels won Ajax their first European Cup, he left to start again at Barcelona. His successor, Kovacs, hardly changed anything and won two more in a row until they imploded. When Cruyff won Barcelona their first European Cup, it was almost as if he wanted to destroy the team and start again. He fell out with Laudrup, dropped him completely from the next European Cup final and got hammered 4-0 by their biggest rivals as the world’s greatest team, the Sacchi-Capello Milan side of the same period. Yet they are the ones who always leave the biggest legacies.

  50. Worky-the four matches I meant are those v Maritimo & Brugge both of whom, as I point out, will still likely be better than Atromitos.

    Don’t worry, I read the epic!

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