Hughton v Pardew
By Max Flinders
Thursday 30 Jun 2011 09:04:00
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After 16 games in charge (at the time of writing), Alan Pardew's record this season in all competitions can reasonably be compared to Hughton's 20 games as Pardew has only had four games less than our old boss. So do his stats look impressive or is he just a bumbling fool?



Well, when he took over at St James' Park back on December 11th, the city was yet again feeling bitter toward Mike Cashley for making unpopular decisions and causing another media circus on Tyneside. The idea for the change that finally got through to the fans, via numerous sources except Mike Cashley, was that he wanted to take a new direction with a more "experienced" man in charge.


Now we have all read and had the debate about the experience of the new boss compared to Hughton but have we stopped to look back since?


The signings Pardew made in the transfer window were Stephen Ireland (injured and has not made an appearance) and Kuqi who has made a couple of sub outings when we have been down to the bare bones. Compare that to Tiote and Ben Arfa and it seems to me Chris knew a good player when he saw one. Ok, Chris did make a few signings of lesser quality like Routledge and Harwood, but at least they played and scored. Why sign a crock for the last part of the season if he is not even going to play. Kuqi was just a desperate move from a desperate man. Sounds like I have already cast my stone but I was not impressed with Routledge, Harewood or Fitz Hall although Simpson has turned into a quality player after a tricky start. And who could argue with that goal Arfa scored at Goodison and the effort and quality given by Tiote this season?



The 16 games Pardew has had in charge in all competitions look like this:


P 16  W4 D5 L7 Goals F22 A24 GD-2 Points 17 (if all were league games)


Hughton's games, not including Pre-season look like this:


P 20  W8 D4 L8 Goals F34 A35 GD-1 Points 17 (if all were league games)


I hand Hughton the Liverpool victory at St James' Park as I am sure no one would argue with that except maybe Pardew who looks in dire need of some points.


Chris was booted out after wins at Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton and massive home wins against Villa and the dirty Mackems. Pardew's greatest victory came against his old club who were sitting at the bottom of the league, or thereabouts, when we stuffed them. We have only really won four games all up under Pardew even though he is doing great things on the training ground (apparently). Wigan and Wolves should be bread and butter games for us to win and these are our only victories under Pardew. Chris got stick for the Blackpool, Blackburn and Stoke losses but Pardew lost 4-0 to stoke, could only draw with Blackburn and managed to get us another right rollicking giant killing from no other than Stevenage Borough. The facts say it loud and clear - the Goal ratio is almost the same but look at the goals scored, 34 to 22. That's 12 goals and only 4 games less and with Man U, Liverpool, Blackpool and Birmingham up next, I would put money on our GD getting worse than it is now.


Now that Carroll has gone and stories about Enrique are circling, I fear for Newcastle United. I can see Tiote going along with others. These contracts they signed were just to make them more valuable to Cashley, not to keep them for us to enjoy and help build a team. The short of it is Cashley got rid of Hughton not for football reasons. It was not because he thought we would go down nor was it because he thought Pardew could do better. He did it because he could and that is what scares me. What else can he do to Newcastle United?


To answer that, all you have to do is look back at his record and it's all there to see. He is taking the piss therefore I have made my decision never to go back to St James' Park till he fucks off along with Pardew.

Long live the Toon.


And yes Pardew is a bumbling fool.


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