Pards hungry for Saints win

Daily Echo: Alan Pardew Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew will welcome former club Saints to Newcastle on Saturday and described the match as “a game I really want to win.”

The 52-year-old lost his job after 13 months at St Mary’s in August 2010 just days after he had guided them to a 4-0 League One win at Bristol Rovers.

A little more than three months later, he was back in work after Magpies owner Mike Ashley handed him his big chance, and although it has been eventful both on and off the pitch since, Pardew celebrated three years at the helm earlier this week.

Looking back on his Saints departure Pardew said: "I always felt that it wasn't so much a footballing decision because I don't think anybody could argue - and certainly the fans there were brilliant for me and the players were all with me, so I had no issues with that, really.

"It was a decision that was made above me and there was nothing I could do about it.

"But I never lost my confidence over that. That's managerial careers, we are very vulnerable.

"I have been here three years. I have been vulnerable from day one and I am still vulnerable today."

A fourth successive home win would cement the Magpies' place in the upper reaches of the league table, although Pardew admits it would be that little bit more special for him to get the better of the Saints.

However, he will be equally pleased to see some of the men who worked under him during his brief reign, and who have gone on to bigger things since.

He said: "I felt it was an injustice to lose my job there, but I'm not the first manager to say that.

"But I am certainly looking forward to seeing some of my old players, who have done absolutely brilliantly - [Jose] Fonte, [Rickie] Lambert, [Adam] Lallana, [Morgan] Schneiderlin were all there in the first division with me and I loved working with them.

"I am looking forward to seeing them. I am over the moon that they have got international recognition, Lambert and Lallana.

"That side of it, I look forward to seeing - but certainly on a personal level, it's a game I really want to win."

Pardew has looked vulnerable at Newcastle, no more so than as last season drew to a close in most unsatisfactory fashion with the club fighting for Premier League survival 12 months after finishing in fifth place.

But a run of five league wins in six, the last of them ending a 41-year wait for a win at Manchester United, has seen his stock rise sharply once again.

The victory at Old Trafford came just three days after a disappointing 3-0 defeat at Swansea, and those two games represent in microcosm Newcastle's existence, shifting quickly from disaster to triumph and back again with little else in between.

Pardew said with a smile: "I have tried to be consistent with my message to the players, and sometimes it's difficult to do that when you have had a really tough day.

"We have had a lot tougher days than Swansea here and you have to endure those, but it always makes up for it when you get fantastic results.

"If someone had said to me, 'You will be Newcastle manager and you will beat Manchester United 3-0 at home and you will win at Old Trafford 1-0 and deserve to win', I would have taken that and lost all the others, probably.

"Joking aside, it's something you have to get used to because it's a big city and it's a city that lives and breathes the game, so therefore it is all around you and you have to get used to that."

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6:50pm Thu 12 Dec 13

saintgibbo says...

Do i take it from that then that it wasn't for any other reason than Football Pards was given the tin tack?
Do i take it from that then that it wasn't for any other reason than Football Pards was given the tin tack? saintgibbo

7:15pm Thu 12 Dec 13

REDARMYRULETHESOUTH says...

SAINTS TO WIN.

RA13 - FHWW (FIGHT HARD WIN WELL)

WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. COYR
SAINTS TO WIN. RA13 - FHWW (FIGHT HARD WIN WELL) WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. COYR REDARMYRULETHESOUTH

9:51pm Thu 12 Dec 13

bakeyboy says...

Pardew knows why he got the sack but he isn't man enough to come out and tell everyone why he got the sack, I wonder how people down here would view him if they really knew why he got the sack. I have a good idea why he got the sack because I knew someone who was playing there at the time and pretty much all the football staff were aware of why he got the sack and lets just say it wasn't to do with what he was doing on the pitch. Make no mistake Nicola was fully vindicated in getting shot of him.
Pardew knows why he got the sack but he isn't man enough to come out and tell everyone why he got the sack, I wonder how people down here would view him if they really knew why he got the sack. I have a good idea why he got the sack because I knew someone who was playing there at the time and pretty much all the football staff were aware of why he got the sack and lets just say it wasn't to do with what he was doing on the pitch. Make no mistake Nicola was fully vindicated in getting shot of him. bakeyboy

10:07pm Thu 12 Dec 13

rednwhite72 says...

You know why he got the sack, he definately knows why he got the sack and NC knows why he got the sack, everyone at SFC knows why he got the sack...but we don't know why he got the sack...so f##king tell us why hr got the sack, you can't just post that and not tell us why jeez...cmon if you wanted to keep stoom why post?
You know why he got the sack, he definately knows why he got the sack and NC knows why he got the sack, everyone at SFC knows why he got the sack...but we don't know why he got the sack...so f##king tell us why hr got the sack, you can't just post that and not tell us why jeez...cmon if you wanted to keep stoom why post? rednwhite72

10:14pm Thu 12 Dec 13

rednwhite72 says...

Look what you gone an done, you got me guessing know. What did he do on the pitch? Whilst they we playing? nah I would have seen that..
I'm the evening when nobody else was around? He didn't take a dump on our pitch did he? I'll f••kin kill him...lol
Or did he sh•t on his doorstep?
Well everyone else knows why he got the sack except me...f•••k it im not playing anymore.
Look what you gone an done, you got me guessing know. What did he do on the pitch? Whilst they we playing? nah I would have seen that.. I'm the evening when nobody else was around? He didn't take a dump on our pitch did he? I'll f••kin kill him...lol Or did he sh•t on his doorstep? Well everyone else knows why he got the sack except me...f•••k it im not playing anymore. rednwhite72

8:12am Fri 13 Dec 13

saintgibbo says...

rednwhite72 wrote:
Look what you gone an done, you got me guessing know. What did he do on the pitch? Whilst they we playing? nah I would have seen that..
I'm the evening when nobody else was around? He didn't take a dump on our pitch did he? I'll f••kin kill him...lol
Or did he sh•t on his doorstep?
Well everyone else knows why he got the sack except me...f•••k it im not playing anymore.
I thought i was the only one who didn't know. If someone could gently spell it out to me please....
[quote][p][bold]rednwhite72[/bold] wrote: Look what you gone an done, you got me guessing know. What did he do on the pitch? Whilst they we playing? nah I would have seen that.. I'm the evening when nobody else was around? He didn't take a dump on our pitch did he? I'll f••kin kill him...lol Or did he sh•t on his doorstep? Well everyone else knows why he got the sack except me...f•••k it im not playing anymore.[/p][/quote]I thought i was the only one who didn't know. If someone could gently spell it out to me please.... saintgibbo

11:53am Fri 13 Dec 13

red&whitemachine says...

"Pards hungry for Saints win"? Seems a strange sentiment for the opposing manager to adopt. I too am hungry for Saints win.
"Pards hungry for Saints win"? Seems a strange sentiment for the opposing manager to adopt. I too am hungry for Saints win. red&whitemachine

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