When it comes to Alan Pardew, the only thing that has changed is people's perception

By Lee Ryder on Nov 3, 11 01:35 PM

Measured, cool, calm, confident and very much in the zone when it comes to managing Newcastle United.

That is my own personal assement of Alan Pardew and the job he has carried out at Newcastle United so far.

On Pardew's first day at the club's Benton base, the manager invited me to the training ground for lunch and was as cool and calm as he is now with the team flying high at the right end of the Premier League.

Pardew was polite and straight to the point, he knew he had a big task ahead of him but wasn't daunted - indeed just 2% of Chronicle readers wanted the ex-West Ham boss in charge back in December.

Slowly but surely Pardew has built stability.

Helped by Geordie assistant manager John Carver and fellow Tynesider Steve Stone, Pardew has the right team around him to bounce ideas off.

And the good thing is with the Londoner, he isn't afraid to ask the questions that might get a negative reaction.

Always probing and always prodding, no stone is unturned when it comes to getting a result for Newcastle United in the eyes of Pardew.

It's clear that Pardew is very much the thinking manager, but his love of statistics and ProZone make sure his players have every single chance of getting a result.

Each week they are handed bitesize chunks of information, and it is clearly working for them after 10 games unbeaten.

Pardew has already weathered some major storms since taking over at Newcastle.

Not least, his appointment when he replaced the popular figure for Chris Hughton.

Hughton achieved some great things with the likes of Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton in his team, but the question now is, could they really have been up as high as third in the table now?

We will never know.

But there is an air of confidence at St James' Park at the moment.

Pardew's pre-season was an endurance test alone.

Problems with visas, a tough and lengthy tour of America, two of his first team "professionals" tweeting their problems in the public domain without consulting him first, and a slow build-up of pressure in the transfer market that culminated without a number 9 being signed.

Somehow, all of that was absorbed by the manager and turned into a positive.

Pardew was on the end of plenty of abuse when he was appointed, and even in the summer when his words were constantly run down by critics.

One Tweet after his appointment read: "Alan Pardew? Is Mike Ashley taking the ****?"

Yet step by step he has moved Newcastle along.

A manager should be judged on results, Pardew - who has even been talked about as the next England boss in recent days - has suffered just nine defeats out of 36 at Newcastle.

Credit where it is due, Pardew has won plenty of fans over as chants of "Walking in a Pardew Wonderland" suggested at Stoke on Monday night.


George Adamson said:

Did anyone else pick up on this phenomenen? No 3 is a prime number. NUFC 3 Stoke 1. 3 points above Chelsea, 3 goals by Demba Ba, 3 off the top, 3 games away from 1/3rd of the season.

toonagain said:

I agree he is going in the right direction but he isn't here yet. He brought a lot of the stick upon himself trying to fill in gaps between the people above him and the fans, when really he didn't know which way was up.

if he wins something here all the negatives from his career so far will be undone.

However Lee, noting the first thing he did was invite you over for lunch was about a subtle as a brick but it appears you missed that one. When a stranger offer you someting for nothing always refuse, the whys are obvious.

Chris Gray said:

Only 2% wanted him when he arrived. Well, I was one of them, as several blogs on here over the last nine months will show. As I said, the difference with Pardew is that he is Ashley’s man – his predecessors were either fans’ choices, stop-gaps or forced on him. Pardew is none of those and Ashley is more likely to back him as a result. He is young(ish), hungry and obviously very capable. I like him, and your question, Lee, is a good one – would Hughton have got us where we are now? Nice chap though he is, the answer is very clearly no, no chance. We would have been plodding along in lower mid-table with clowns like Barton stirring things up endlessly (not that Pardew wouldn’t have kept Barton if he could). It’s early days but those of us who have supported this regime (even through the darker moments) are beginning to smile – not because we are being proved right, that’s irrelevant – but because at last our club seems to be being run on the right lines. I hope the Ashley-haters might start to re-think just a bit – OK we might not like him personally but let’s acknowledge that his strategy is absolutely spot-on. And that Pardew is an up-and-coming manager who in the not too distant future we might be desperate to hang on to as other clubs begin sniffing around. Happy days.

Lee Ryder Author Profile Pagesaid:

All managers meet up with local journalists for lunch at the start of their careers, the point - which you missed - was that Pardew's calm outlook hasn't on the job.
As for negatives in his career, I don't see many.
Charlton and relegation maybe, but he came in when they were already on the way down.
Taking Reading up the Football League and West Ham to the Prem, and being a whisker away from winning the FA Cup before being moved on by new owners is hardly that negative.

Skull said:

For me their are 2 things that have changed regarding Pardew, both of which have helped the team in it's unbeaten run so far:
1. Since the close of the transfer window he has limited his interviews to speaking about the game at hand, a distinct drop in utter BS he was spouting for most of last season and the summer
2. By and large the group of players we now have are his players either brought in under his managerial term or retained by him from the previous managers
I am not a fan at all but he is winning me over by the results on the pitch, the performance of the team and his improved pre and post match interviews!

Duncan Baines said:

It's a shame Ashley didn't sack Sam Allardyce straight away in July 2007 and appoint Pardew the Great then

Gordon Campbell said:

I think he's done a exeptional job with a very avarage squad, somehow he has managed to install team spirit and a work ethic that has been missing for sometime.
The one thing that concerns me is he strong enough to stand up to the bully that is Ashley, when the January transfer window reopens, the afore mentioned decides to cash in on Coloccini, Cabaye etc.


Lee Ryder

Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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