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Pardew continues mission to turn ‘soulless’ Newcastle into Arsenal lite


LAST night Newcastle United lost to Everton. The Magpies featured no English players in their starting XI. No big deal, there. Many other teams have done the same. But hen Arsenal became the first team to do it, Alan Pardew was upset:

“I saw a headline saying Arsenal are flying the flag for Britain. I kind of wondered where that British involvement actually was when I looked at their team. It’s important that top clubs don’t lose sight of the fact that it’s the English Premier League and English players should be involved. Foreign players have been fantastic. We have learned from them and from foreign coaches. But, to some extent, we could lose the soul of British football – the English player.”

C’est la vie, Alain Pardieu.



Posted: 1st, October 2013 | In: Sports | Comment

Transfer balls: Alan Pardew models Newcastle United on Blanc’s PSG


WITH most eyes on Newcastle United’s recruitment of Joe Kinnear, the club’s manager Alan Pardew has been largely overlooked. But he popped up recently to lambaste PSG boss Laurent Blanc’s public pursuit of the Magpies’ Yohan Cabaye.

“I don’t think it’s right. He can get on the phone to me, or make a bid. That’s the right way to do it.”

Blanc had opined:

“Yohan offers many things in midfield and can play in quite a few positions. He is an interesting player, and the midfield will be an area we will be strengthening because there will be departures.”

Make a bid. Get on the phone. Says Pardew:

“Both those players are on our list. I make no bones about that. But they are under contract at other clubs. It’s difficult, you have to be careful. It’s nice for our fans to hear names, but I don’t want to disrupt other clubs’ preparations. There’s been speculation, particularly about Darren. I think I can comment on that because it sounds like, at Villa, he’s not particularly involved.”

Such are the facts from Pardew, the man who mocked Arsenal for being too French before copying them. Maybe he sees Frenchman Blanc as his latest inspiration?


Posted: 10th, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comment

Cockney Mafia steal Newcastle United’s lemon sole

Newcastle United fan's hold a banner up during the English Premier League soccer match between Newcastle United and Hull City at St James' Park, Newcastle, England.Saturday Sept 13, 2008. Disgruntled Newcastle fans were protesting against club owner Mike Ashley and director of football Dennis Wise. Supporters are angry over an alleged undermining of manager Kevin Keegan, which led to his recent resignation. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell) ** NO INTERNET/MOBILE USAGE WITHOUT FAPL LICENCE - SEE IPTC SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FIELD FOR DETAILS **

FAMOUS meals time now, readers.

On Tuesday May 31 1994, Tony Blair invited Gordon Brown to meet for ‘dinner’ the Granita restaurant in London. It was there that the dour Scotsman agreed to step aside in the 1994 leadership contest in favour of the trendy urbanite. Brown never stood a chance. Faced with bowls of fennel-seed bread and mussels in lemon grass and coconut-milk liquor, and surrounded by knit-yer-own millionaire new Labour sat in a brick and blonde wood yurt, Blairs was in his element.

The other great dinner meeting was between Newcastle United FC’s owner Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear, the club’s former manager now given a job in charge of all football matters. The issue of how they came to their agreement occupies minds at the Daily Mail.

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Posted: 20th, June 2013 | In: Sports | Comment

Alan Pardew turns Newcastle United into a more French version of the Arsenal he mocked

IF Newcastle press on with plans, this transfer window will see them buy Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa from Montpellier, Bordeaux striker Yoan Gouffran, Nancy left-back Massadio Haidara and Moussa Sissoko from Toulouse. This would mean 11 Frenchmen in the Newcastle United squad.

Since becoming Newcastle United manager, Pardew has signed: Hatem Ben Arfa, Shefki Kuqi, Mehdi Abeid, Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Davide Santon, Rob Elliot and Papiss Cissé.

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Posted: 23rd, January 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (3)

BBC pundit compares football tackle to rape

ALAN Pardew’s punditry career is in the toilet – much like his managerial career, then – after he compared a Michael Essien tackle to “rape”. Oops.

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Posted: 17th, March 2009 | In: Sports | Comment (1)