Below are a selection of comments down the years from fans of previous clubs managed by Alan Pardew.
I collected many of them from various fan sites when I was doing my research on him when he was appointed as Newcastle United manager back in December 2010, however, I have also added quite a few made since that time. As you will see, they contain many horribly familiar comments about such things as bewildering tactics, blaming everyone and everything except himself a lack of abilty to motivate the players (despite the fact that prides himself on being a “Mr.Motivator” type psychological genius), long ball tactics, strange substitutions etc…
I have arranged the club’s in chronological order, starting with West Ham, then Charlton Athletic and finally, Southampton. Though you may think it’s quite a long list, believe me, I had to sift through alot more, especially from Charlton fans!
So here goes!
The West Ham fans.
under the thumb Tue Oct 23 – 12:35.
“We had a good season that first year back in the Premiership, granted, but beyond that look at the dross we played next year. He wouldn’t play Tevez or his mate and chose Hayden Mullins every week!
“I genuinely believe his bubble will burst again at Newcastle and before long the Geordies will be on his back…”
Jason E.7 Tue 11/13/2007 – 03:13.
“Pardew was an average manager who punched well above his weight for one year and we loved him for it. However when we were a known quantity he couldn’t change tactics and thats was that…”
DB1983 3:41 Fri Jan 25.
“Did you go to the first play off? When he took off all our strikers at 1 nil down?”
Anonymous Fri 12/08/2006 – 22:44.
“Pardew, Wednesday night was obviously a shambles, please please recognise the fact that we need someone in the team that can actually pass a football. Mascherano is recognised as a world class passer so please please play him, its nothing short of an embarassment when NRC, Yoss, Ethers are struggling to play a 5 yard pass to feet, let alone trying to spray the ball 40 yrds, sort it out. And ffs do not play long ball against Bolton as we will get F*****.”
worldwide-iron Fri, 02/16/2007 – 10:23.
“I wanted him out 2 seasons ago and have never wavered. He sneaked us into the prem with a squad that should have walked the Championship, had a good season although with only one plan, fast attack and was found out this season for not having a plan B. His summer signings were awful, no exception as he didnt sign Tevez. A lot of players have one good season and dissapear just like Pardew will. Lower league manager.”
under the thumb 11:49 Tue Oct 23
“I’m glad I don’t have to listen to the mans babble every week and he is no longer manager of this club. It won’t be long before Pardew hits the buffers at Newcastle as well and will be shown up for what he really is… a total c*** of a man.”
The Charlton fans.
BigRedEvilMember October 2008
“Shocking tactically. Seems oblivious to the problems that we all see in the stands. And then to come out and say we were unlucky. He is pushing it. Maybe he wants a nice little pay out “
kinveachyaddickMember October 2008
“He’s lost me after last night. Was the worst Charlton performance I have seen in a long, long time. Tactically all wrong and no passion from the players. Looking at our squad and comparing it others in the division anything less than a top six finish is simply not good enough.”
razilMember October 2008
“I actually think the more serious problem is he seems not be able to motivate the team. If that continues we may have a very rocky season ahead, hold on your hats.”
ChunesMember October 2008
“Yes. His tactics are inexplicable, and he seems to think that last nights performance was actually all part of a game plan. Which must be true considering it sounds similiar to the last two away performances. You can’t set up like that and just hope to ride your luck when you’re playing teams in the relegation zone. It’s just plain insanity.”
Miserableoldgit October 2008
“I’m sorry , but I can’t get past the fact that Luke Varney WAS winning the ball in the air and knocking it on to No-one. Surely that is Pardews thinking/plan.”
Weegie AddickMember October 2008
“OK, I was one of the first to say I’d lost it with Pards, but that was after over a year in the job – it was the New Year’s Day match v Colchester that was the final straw for me. By then I had heard enough of his b******t and was getting increasingly worried about his tactics and motivational ability.
Unfortunately, those worries have only been exarcerbated by the season to date. How long should we wait for these green shoots of improvement? My patience has run out, others is running out. Above all, what do the players really think? Some of them aren’t stupid, and if we feel he is all over the shop tactically, surely they are aware of that too and will lose (or maybe have lost) faith in him?
“And I’m not saying this to stir things up / create unrest. I’m saying it because I care deeply about the future of our club and have huge sympathy for the board, who potentially have to face more tough decisions unless Pardew can miraculously conjure up a few wins on the spin and a formation that works.”
nth london addick October 2008
“For me I am afraid it is a case of I want him to go (I am not happy about this either which is p****** me off more).
“But I have watched us in every home game except Reading and I have listened to 2 on the radio (with pals there saying it straight as well) that he has failed to come up with a plan to stop individuals attacking us time after time or our players being totally inept in their own positions.
“He is failing to accept that his game plan is not working and is unwilling to change it early enough,
“He has failed to take accountabillty for his errors during these games also.
“He does not see the same game as anyone who I have read posting on here as his post match interview doesnt match one that most on here have witnessed themselves.
“He is wrong for allowing that performance out of any performance they put together this season to come about,
“No shots on target unacceptable.
“No passion within the team and failure to accept responsibility on the pitch.
“Unable to pass to each other with any quality in the final third or to retain the ball for any length of time.
“Those 3 points should not happen in any game, let alone against those mugs, and are 3 points that the manager is solely responsible for. This is my opinion and the basis that I have now lost faith in Pardew.
“The final 2 points above No passion and poor passing have been key features in all games I have witnessed in every game this season ( i didnt see Reading live but i watched it on TV and that game is the only one that I will say we had a fire in our bellies).
“I f****** hate Pardew for making me feel this way as I beleived we had the right man in place and no one likes to be wrong, but it takes a man to admit it and I hope Pardew can at least hold himself accountable for his mistakes if he wont allow himself to walk away.”
kigeliaMember October 2008
“Pardew is his own worst enemy.
“He talks like a politician – lots of meaningless waffle and what he thinks people want to hear to make him look good.
“He seems to need to be seen to be doing something all the time…”
Anglia AddickMember October 2008
“I never liked the guy. always thought he was a smug g*t with a face that needed slapping with a wet fish. However, he joined Charlton and therefore had my backing – just like all the staff and players.
“Things looked positive when he arrived and even though we were going down I had high hopes for Championship season, unfortunately we look as poor as we did in the latter part of last season. Some of the team selection baffles me and comments about game plan are off the chart. And as for playing football the way it’s meant to be played… s***, how many shots did we have Tuesday??
“But I think we are stuck with him for now. I suggest he has a change arround at the training ground and puts some more posters on the walls about how to be confident and win games.”
taitr Posted 05 Nov 2008 12:39
“1. Has no tatical knowledge on a game of football
“2. Gets the worst out of half decent players
“3. Consistantly blames others when things arent going his way and NEVER takes any flack for himself
“4. Brings in c**p loan signings
“5. Has helped ruin 15 years of hard work that the legend curbs put in
“6. Dosent really have a likeablilty factor
“7. TIME FOR HIM TO GO
“8. TIME FOR HIM TO GO NOW
“9. PARDEW OUT.”
Christy Malyan 21st November 2012 at 6:31 pm
“By the way, a warning to all Newcastle fans about Alan Pardew – when things are going well for Pardew, they tend to go very well. But when the wheels come off, the man becomes somewhat powerless. It is not only his record at the Addicks that suggests this trend.”
bingaddickMember January 8, 2013
“I think he has always been a chancer tactically, playing players out of position, especially in attack.”
“I was surprised he did so well at Newcastle. This season, things have unravelled big time. What is astonishing, rather like with Dowie, boards are still prepared to employ a bulls****** who is full of front but very little delivery.”
Forest Hillbilly 19/01/2013, 06:12 PM
“Pardew blames the fans
“History repeating itself- 2 livid Newcastle fans phoning 606 in a rage at Pardew falsely accusing the fans of booing the players. Lining up another golden pay-day?”
Dave2l May 3, 2013
“When was you a manager?” (Pardew on Gary Neville – wt)
“No class, pathetic babble.
“If someone asked who would be a better manager to appoint Dowie or Pardew?
“I would say Dowie, does exactly what it says on the tin so at least you are aware you must get rid quickly.”
The Southampton fans
Saints Flyer Thu 09th Dec 2010
“Tactically Pardew appeared naive, he would often get it wrong selection wise and we saw substitutions made before half time on more than one occasion and early double substitutions in the second half were commonplace. In hindsight we were too one dimensional and relied too much on Rickie Lambert who was in a purple patch of free kicks and penalties but rarely scored from total open play.”
Ali Iveson 20 February 2013
“Not only did Adkins achieve better results, he also did it in style with a team who liked to pass the ball. Under Pardew the style of football was alright, but nothing special. It was usually quite direct and relied heavily on long balls towards Lambert, although to call it ‘long ball’ football would be doing it a disservice. Compared to what we’ve seen under Adkins, Pochettino and even Jan Poortvliet it was not too appealing.”
fatletiss 25/10/2012, 10:46 PM.
“I was never a huge fan to be honest. I thought he never had a plan B. when he came, a charlton fan told me to watch out for bizarre subs. I remember away to Huddersfield early on when we went 2-1 down, he subbed a CB for a CB when we needed fresh attacking options. There was always something I didn’t like about him and never really trusted him.
“Having said that, I’m grateful he signed Rickie and I must say thanks for a great day at Wembley.”
Saint Neil 01/10/10 02:08 PM
“Not sure why Pardew is held in so much esteem with some supporters. I always had a niggling problem with Pardew anyhow, too many excuses and not enough passion from the sidelines. We did well to get to JPT final and win but was this because of Pardew or in spite of him? We stuttered badly at key times during the latter part of the last season that ultimately cost us a play-off place, not the 10 points deduction, was this perhaps down to poor management?
“This was then followed by a very poor pre-season and and very poor start to the season, with players looking unfit and unmotivated. Does this smack of good management?”