Former Saints manager Alan Pardew takes over at Newcastle

First published in Saints News

FORMER Saints boss Alan Pardew has been confirmed as Newcastle United's new manager.

The 49-year-old has signed a five-and-a-half-year deal at St James' Park, replacing Chris Hughton at the helm.

Pardew said: "I am honoured and privileged to have been given this opportunity at Newcastle United, one of the truly great clubs in English football.

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"I understand what this club means to its supporters. Throughout the football world people recognise that this is a unique club in many ways, with supporters who are second to none in their loyalty, passion and devotion for the team.

"I'm not a Geordie of course, but I'm a football person with a love of the game and I can assure you I bring great drive, desire and commitment to the job.

"Chris Hughton did a great job last season, guiding the club back to the Premier League, and he continued that good work this season.

"It is my aim to build on that now and take this club forward.

"I have always managed teams that have played attacking positive football, something I know the supporters here appreciate.

"At the same time I intend to focus on developing exciting young players through the club's excellent academy and development squad, and I know the board here at St James' Park are very committed to that too.

"I can't wait to get started and what better way to kick-off than welcoming Liverpool to St James' Park on Saturday."

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9:40am Thu 9 Dec 10

Hercules Grytpype-Thynne says...

I wish him well just so long as he does not start trying to tap up one or two of our players.
I wish him well just so long as he does not start trying to tap up one or two of our players. Hercules Grytpype-Thynne
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11:03am Thu 9 Dec 10

fred the red says...

I wish him luck and I think he will need it. Understandably, many of the Toon fans are underwhelmed by the appointment. Whilst he has managed in the Prem before it was hardly a glittering career, and for Newcastle to swap Hughton for Pardew, and give him 5 years of a contract is a very brave decision.
He has limited money but that should ensure that we can price any potential purchases from us as beyond his resources.
I am not sure he will take NUFC forward and this could be the end of him as a manager.
I wish him luck and I think he will need it. Understandably, many of the Toon fans are underwhelmed by the appointment. Whilst he has managed in the Prem before it was hardly a glittering career, and for Newcastle to swap Hughton for Pardew, and give him 5 years of a contract is a very brave decision. He has limited money but that should ensure that we can price any potential purchases from us as beyond his resources. I am not sure he will take NUFC forward and this could be the end of him as a manager. fred the red
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11:12am Thu 9 Dec 10

wheresthemoneygone says...

Alan finds it hard to crack a smile and its easy to see why. Another poison chalice (the sacking of Hughton was inexcusable).

Best of luck from many Saints fans -we hope you succeed.
Alan finds it hard to crack a smile and its easy to see why. Another poison chalice (the sacking of Hughton was inexcusable). Best of luck from many Saints fans -we hope you succeed. wheresthemoneygone
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11:46am Thu 9 Dec 10

St Retford says...

It's hard to 'have closure' or know whether to wish Pards well without knowing the exact reason for his departure.
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But Newcastle fans have no right to be upset about this. He wasn't ultimately good enough for us but he'll do for them. They're not as big a club as they think they are.
It's hard to 'have closure' or know whether to wish Pards well without knowing the exact reason for his departure. . But Newcastle fans have no right to be upset about this. He wasn't ultimately good enough for us but he'll do for them. They're not as big a club as they think they are. St Retford
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11:46am Thu 9 Dec 10

fancy that says...

personally, I wouldn't be against us letting him go for £1.5 million as he's very out-of-sorts this season.
There are two schools of thought on why, though:
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1) there were ugly rumours that his family life was upset by Mr Pardew's behaviour - and that was the reason why Pardew parted company with the club
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OR (perhaps more likely)
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2) Pardew has been lined up by Ashley for a few months and he made it clear to Rickie he wanted to take him with him, so he's been "playing for a transfer".
personally, I wouldn't be against us letting him go for £1.5 million as he's very out-of-sorts this season. There are two schools of thought on why, though: . 1) there were ugly rumours that his family life was upset by Mr Pardew's behaviour - and that was the reason why Pardew parted company with the club . OR (perhaps more likely) . 2) Pardew has been lined up by Ashley for a few months and he made it clear to Rickie he wanted to take him with him, so he's been "playing for a transfer". fancy that
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11:48am Thu 9 Dec 10

Paul Lucas says...

I wish AP well in the Newcastle job as he did OK for us although I have to say the sacking of Hughton was pretty disgusting. The problem is that business knows no loyalties.
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Nicola has said none of our players are for sale - I believe him but do wonder where this rumour about Pardew wanting to take him to NUFC came from. RL would not cut it there and that's for sure.
I wish AP well in the Newcastle job as he did OK for us although I have to say the sacking of Hughton was pretty disgusting. The problem is that business knows no loyalties. . Nicola has said none of our players are for sale - I believe him but do wonder where this rumour about Pardew wanting to take him to NUFC came from. RL would not cut it there and that's for sure. Paul Lucas
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11:51am Thu 9 Dec 10

Paul Lucas says...

. . . take RL to NUFC that is, not Nicola!! . .
. . . take RL to NUFC that is, not Nicola!! . . Paul Lucas
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11:53am Thu 9 Dec 10

7ses says...

He will be the lowest paid manager in the Premier League. He was probably getting paid more at Saints. Toon Army will not be happy until Kevin and Alan take over. I think Chris Hughton will go onto better things.
He will be the lowest paid manager in the Premier League. He was probably getting paid more at Saints. Toon Army will not be happy until Kevin and Alan take over. I think Chris Hughton will go onto better things. 7ses
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12:59pm Thu 9 Dec 10

stmarysmush says...

He can take Ricky L anytime and M Harding both rubbish even in the 3rd division.
He can take Ricky L anytime and M Harding both rubbish even in the 3rd division. stmarysmush
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1:00pm Thu 9 Dec 10

saintlippe says...

Toon fans want a big name. Try these for size:
Dalgliesh - Keegan - Gullit - Souness - Sir Bobby - Big Sam and probably more. Lis of honours - oh dear! If that's what having a big name does then maybe Newcastle fans ought to just calm down and give AP a decent chance. I heard his appointment described as 'ridiculous'. AP is fully qualified to do this job so why don't the Newcasle fans just get behind him and give him chance to do it!
Toon fans want a big name. Try these for size: Dalgliesh - Keegan - Gullit - Souness - Sir Bobby - Big Sam and probably more. Lis of honours - oh dear! If that's what having a big name does then maybe Newcastle fans ought to just calm down and give AP a decent chance. I heard his appointment described as 'ridiculous'. AP is fully qualified to do this job so why don't the Newcasle fans just get behind him and give him chance to do it! saintlippe
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1:42pm Thu 9 Dec 10

Stevie the saint says...

Pardew can pay us £8m for Lambert, we can buy Austin from Swindon for £3m.
Extra cash for wide players!!
Hands off Lala though!!!!!
Pardew can pay us £8m for Lambert, we can buy Austin from Swindon for £3m. Extra cash for wide players!! Hands off Lala though!!!!! Stevie the saint
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2:23pm Thu 9 Dec 10

number7 says...

saintlippe wrote:
Toon fans want a big name. Try these for size:
Dalgliesh - Keegan - Gullit - Souness - Sir Bobby - Big Sam and probably more. Lis of honours - oh dear! If that's what having a big name does then maybe Newcastle fans ought to just calm down and give AP a decent chance. I heard his appointment described as 'ridiculous'. AP is fully qualified to do this job so why don't the Newcasle fans just get behind him and give him chance to do it!
Because everyone knows how poor he is...
[quote][p][bold]saintlippe[/bold] wrote: Toon fans want a big name. Try these for size: Dalgliesh - Keegan - Gullit - Souness - Sir Bobby - Big Sam and probably more. Lis of honours - oh dear! If that's what having a big name does then maybe Newcastle fans ought to just calm down and give AP a decent chance. I heard his appointment described as 'ridiculous'. AP is fully qualified to do this job so why don't the Newcasle fans just get behind him and give him chance to do it![/p][/quote]Because everyone knows how poor he is... number7
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2:26pm Thu 9 Dec 10

Mr BCB says...

Good luck Alan. I cannot see him being interested in any of our League 1 players.
Good luck Alan. I cannot see him being interested in any of our League 1 players. Mr BCB
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3:45pm Thu 9 Dec 10

redsnapper says...

If you want a good chuckle- check out the Toon responses to AP's appointment in our Echo's sister paper The Northern Echo. Some of them are tearing up their season tickets in disgust.

http://www.thenorthe
rnecho.co.uk/sport/8
729015.Pardew_confir
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_manager/
If you want a good chuckle- check out the Toon responses to AP's appointment in our Echo's sister paper The Northern Echo. Some of them are tearing up their season tickets in disgust. http://www.thenorthe rnecho.co.uk/sport/8 729015.Pardew_confir med_as_new_Newcastle _manager/ redsnapper
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4:08pm Thu 9 Dec 10

Alicesdad says...

Best of luck. He'll need it. As I mentioned elsewhere yesterday, if he doesn't get them into Europe he'll be looking for work again next May.

I have no bad feelings towards him, quite neutral really, he did a good job after a very bad time for the club. But like most managers they are forgotten after time
Best of luck. He'll need it. As I mentioned elsewhere yesterday, if he doesn't get them into Europe he'll be looking for work again next May. I have no bad feelings towards him, quite neutral really, he did a good job after a very bad time for the club. But like most managers they are forgotten after time Alicesdad
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5:07pm Thu 9 Dec 10

saint Compo says...

Hercules Grytpype-Thynne wrote:
I wish him well just so long as he does not start trying to tap up one or two of our players.
.... or their wives.
[quote][p][bold]Hercules Grytpype-Thynne[/bold] wrote: I wish him well just so long as he does not start trying to tap up one or two of our players.[/p][/quote].... or their wives. saint Compo
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5:08pm Thu 9 Dec 10

OSPREYSAINT says...

I will worry if we get drawn against the Toon, after we beat Blackpool!
I will worry if we get drawn against the Toon, after we beat Blackpool! OSPREYSAINT
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5:30pm Thu 9 Dec 10

captainchris says...

Not a prayer Alan.......

You are not good enough - no plan, no plan B, no tactical nous. He's a manager that needs good players to dig him out of lack of his lack of tactics hole that he is finds himself in most games. Most managers in the premiership will be too clever for him. He will struggle to emulate Chris Hughton and won't be capable of taking them forward. You could just see a gulible premiership club coming in for him after his rather limited success at Saints considering the amount of money and resources he had at his disposal compared to other teams in our league. Newcastle fans will be very dissapointed in the kick and rush style too - no chance Alan!
Not a prayer Alan....... You are not good enough - no plan, no plan B, no tactical nous. He's a manager that needs good players to dig him out of lack of his lack of tactics hole that he is finds himself in most games. Most managers in the premiership will be too clever for him. He will struggle to emulate Chris Hughton and won't be capable of taking them forward. You could just see a gulible premiership club coming in for him after his rather limited success at Saints considering the amount of money and resources he had at his disposal compared to other teams in our league. Newcastle fans will be very dissapointed in the kick and rush style too - no chance Alan! captainchris
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5:30pm Thu 9 Dec 10

Cyber-Fug says...

If he wins the fans round and does well then he'll be a winner.

If he fails and gets sacked, he'll still be a winner...... financially !
If he wins the fans round and does well then he'll be a winner. If he fails and gets sacked, he'll still be a winner...... financially ! Cyber-Fug
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5:34pm Thu 9 Dec 10

seven777 says...

i wish him well but he wont be able to keep the toon happy. it will be another
sacking on his record within 12 months.
i wish him well but he wont be able to keep the toon happy. it will be another sacking on his record within 12 months. seven777
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7:05pm Thu 9 Dec 10

Tirau Dan says...

No hard feelings what ever the cause but if any of "his" players feel the need to go then just get it done and let those who want to be Saints get on with the job.

I'd like to think Saints fans are well behind Nicola Cortese and Nigel Atkins now; the past is past and the future is red white and rosy.

Up The Saints... stuff Newcastle.
No hard feelings what ever the cause but if any of "his" players feel the need to go then just get it done and let those who want to be Saints get on with the job. I'd like to think Saints fans are well behind Nicola Cortese and Nigel Atkins now; the past is past and the future is red white and rosy. Up The Saints... stuff Newcastle. Tirau Dan
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7:20pm Thu 9 Dec 10

Tirau Dan says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
I will worry if we get drawn against the Toon, after we beat Blackpool!
A nice Rickie Lambert Brace from open play and a 35m set piece thunderbolt for the hatrick against Blackpool and a simple statement from Rickie saying "I love it at SFC" would make me the happiest man in the world. As said above Stuff Newcastle.. it's all Saints all the way. COYR!
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: I will worry if we get drawn against the Toon, after we beat Blackpool![/p][/quote]A nice Rickie Lambert Brace from open play and a 35m set piece thunderbolt for the hatrick against Blackpool and a simple statement from Rickie saying "I love it at SFC" would make me the happiest man in the world. As said above Stuff Newcastle.. it's all Saints all the way. COYR! Tirau Dan
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10:18pm Thu 9 Dec 10

Reality-man says...

stmarysmush wrote:
He can take Ricky L anytime and M Harding both rubbish even in the 3rd division.
You obviously don't watch Saints much
[quote][p][bold]stmarysmush[/bold] wrote: He can take Ricky L anytime and M Harding both rubbish even in the 3rd division.[/p][/quote]You obviously don't watch Saints much Reality-man
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11:25pm Thu 9 Dec 10

bakeyboy says...

For those of you who want to know the real reason why Pardew left the answer is printed in tonights echo. Nicola Cortese made a statement regarding the recent speculation that "Saints" were up for sale. He has clearly reiterated that we are not and that this is just press speculation or someone trying to undermine the club at an important time with some players contracts being negotiated. This is great news but interestingly he also went on to comment that "He is here to stay" and "He will not run away from things because something better comes along". I think that was a veiled dig at Pardew, I understand that whilst Pardew was employed at Saints his agent "allegedly" touted him for the Aston Villa vacancy and Nicola Cortese found out, even on the back of the
4-0 win at Bristol Rovers he was called in to see the chairmen and was told in no uncertain terms to clear his desk and to take his back room staff with him. By this time Dean Wilkins was already being marginalised at the training ground. I would just like to say to all Newcastle fans, good luck! you will need it with him in charge, he is tactically inept and favours the long ball punt game, just ask Kelvin Davis.I also agree with some previous comments that he will be looking for a new job sometime in the next 12-18 months.
For those of you who want to know the real reason why Pardew left the answer is printed in tonights echo. Nicola Cortese made a statement regarding the recent speculation that "Saints" were up for sale. He has clearly reiterated that we are not and that this is just press speculation or someone trying to undermine the club at an important time with some players contracts being negotiated. This is great news but interestingly he also went on to comment that "He is here to stay" and "He will not run away from things because something better comes along". I think that was a veiled dig at Pardew, I understand that whilst Pardew was employed at Saints his agent "allegedly" touted him for the Aston Villa vacancy and Nicola Cortese found out, even on the back of the 4-0 win at Bristol Rovers he was called in to see the chairmen and was told in no uncertain terms to clear his desk and to take his back room staff with him. By this time Dean Wilkins was already being marginalised at the training ground. I would just like to say to all Newcastle fans, good luck! you will need it with him in charge, he is tactically inept and favours the long ball punt game, just ask Kelvin Davis.I also agree with some previous comments that he will be looking for a new job sometime in the next 12-18 months. bakeyboy
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1:29pm Fri 10 Dec 10

St Retford says...

Yes, but Newcastle too favour the long ball punt game. Their one idea is to kick it to Andy Carroll's face and hope for the best.
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But what if Carroll gets injured? Where would Pards go looking for a talismanic centre forward who can boss defenders in the air? Hmmmm?
Yes, but Newcastle too favour the long ball punt game. Their one idea is to kick it to Andy Carroll's face and hope for the best. . But what if Carroll gets injured? Where would Pards go looking for a talismanic centre forward who can boss defenders in the air? Hmmmm? St Retford
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2:29pm Fri 10 Dec 10

lowe esteem says...

Alicesdad wrote:
Best of luck. He'll need it. As I mentioned elsewhere yesterday, if he doesn't get them into Europe he'll be looking for work again next May. I have no bad feelings towards him, quite neutral really, he did a good job after a very bad time for the club. But like most managers they are forgotten after time
Unfortunately, even the good ones are forgotten at this club, we get through so many.
[quote][p][bold]Alicesdad[/bold] wrote: Best of luck. He'll need it. As I mentioned elsewhere yesterday, if he doesn't get them into Europe he'll be looking for work again next May. I have no bad feelings towards him, quite neutral really, he did a good job after a very bad time for the club. But like most managers they are forgotten after time[/p][/quote]Unfortunately, even the good ones are forgotten at this club, we get through so many. lowe esteem
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