How Alan Pardew can win over the doubters

Posted by Marc Duffy

Stu Forster/Getty ImagesNewcastle supporters would like to see some accountability from manager Alan Pardew.

Here we are a week on from the half announcement that Alan Pardew would remain in his job as Newcastle manager going in to next season and still Twitter carries numerous tweets from supporters who would love nothing more than for Pardew to be fired.

It's understandable -- they're sticking by their beliefs and I totally understand them being underwhelmed by the prospect of another season watching ugly football, but is all lost with Pardew as far as the fans go? Maybe not.

- Shearer: Pardew deserves to stay

Personally, I am not convinced that Pardew has it within his abilities to turn things around. Further to that, I am struggling to think of a manager who has stayed at the football club for too long after losing support to the extent that Pardew has, but (almost) anything can happen in football.

If Pardew is to succeed, he needs to get back to basics. Don't get me wrong, his 'brand' of football is as basic as it gets. What I mean is that he needs to forget that he was Manager of the Year in 2012 (in my opinion that went to his head) and he needs to realise that he isn't going to convert powerhouse midfielders into wingers/number 10s. He isn't going to succeed in getting Cheick Tiote to stop playing it simple and be successful. Get these players playing in their correct positions and playing to their strengths and we have a start.

This applies to the substitutions that he makes too. Shane Ferguson on for Danny Simpson, Davide Santon switches to right back, Ferguson into left back and unnecessary disruption to the flow. Or Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa replaced by Vurnon Anita -- but then putting Jonas Gutierrez into a fullback position he is not at all suited to despite the fact that Anita has played there for much of his career!

On Gutierrez (and not just him), Pardew needs to end this 'untouchables' thing he has going on. Gutierrez plays no matter what. His guaranteed starting place has not helped anyone -- not even himself. I think a spell out of the team earlier in the season would have done JG the world of good. Instead, he was played into the ground and his performance and reputation have suffered.

He needs to use what he has. I've heard Pardew moan on and on about not having enough players and how tired Yohan Cabaye was -- all the while Anita sat warming a bench. Use him!

He needs to use his imagination when it comes to set pieces, or at least ask the advice of someone with an imagination. He needs to drop the stubbornness and arrogance, too -- these things go hand in hand. It's a certainty that if one of his abysmal corner routines or free kicks to Mike Williamson/ Steven Taylor at the far post hits the back of the net, Pardew will feel entirely vindicated in flat-out refusing to vary these 'tactics' for the previous 18 months. "YOU SEE! YOU SEE?" He will shout to anyone who will listen. Shake it up and we might see a goal or two.

And please stop launching the big hoof in the general direction of Papiss Cisse. Cisse is not Demba Ba -- he's not a hold up forward. It's rubbish and it doesn't work. I'd love to see Andy Carroll back at Newcastle but I'm not sure I would like it right now as his signing would only add to the number of times the ball is flung 50+ yards. Get the ball on the ground more often. If Swansea can win a cup playing a mixture of majority short and minority long passes, I'm sure a team stocked up with French internationals can do something.

Bring in more coaches. A few 'old boys' like Newcastle have at the minute is fine but something else is needed too, especially when it comes to fitness training. Well over 70 injuries in one season is obviously more than just bad luck. Big improvements are needed in the back room.

Cut out the excuses. If it's not the 'rub of the green', it's injuries, or tiredness, or the officials. Every single defeat ended with Pardew in front of the camera blaming the world and their dog -- anyone but himself. Even the club's young players took the brunt of it from the manager after the pathetic defeat at Brighton. Stop it. Take some responsibility and some people will like you more for it.

And please stop calling on the fans for support. It's not always Pardew doing this but it's obviously him who has asked it of the players who seemed to be trotting out these lines on a weekly basis. The fans were there for them all season -- an accumulated 1.2 million at home and thousands more away. Maybe it's time for the manager and the players to give something back to the fans?

I would love to see Newcastle show some ambition in a domestic cup. Have a go at the cups, the club haven't won a single thing in my 35 years of life! Yet Pardew shuns both the League Cup and FA Cup every single season. Why?

And stand up to the owner. Maybe you could then shake off the 'yes man' tag that people see you with.

I hope Pardew does succeed in turning things around, I really do. If he doesn't then the football club will have failed again.

Twitter: @MarcSDuffy

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