Spot the pattern in Pardew’s post-match press conferences

Charlton manager knows how to keep fans off his back

Alan Pardew

After stumbling across comments made by Alan Pardew following Charlton’s 2-0 home defeat to Bristol City, The Spoiler was struck with a sense of déjà vu. So we looked at comments the former West Ham boss has made after his side’s last five defeats and started to see a pattern emerging. See if you can spot it:

Pardew after losing to Wolves: “Some players were just a wee bit below [par] but I have to take into account that Wolves are really flying at the minute. So there’s a lot of thinking to do between now and Doncaster.”

Pardew after losing to Sheffield Wednesday: “We had a few low performances today and I’ll have to look at the selection of the side because there are one or two who are desperate to have a go now and I might have to look at a change.”

Pardew after losing to Crystal Palace: “The boys are fully committed, but I’m looking at one or two and thinking I need to give other people a chance.”

Pardew after losing to Cardiff: “It’s obvious that there is something in the side that I need to correct.”

Pardew after losing to Bristol City: “I need to make changes and I need to get inside the heads of certain players.”

The moral of this story is clear: no supporters will ever think of blaming their manager no matter how badly the club are doing so long as he tries really hard to make it sound like he’s doing something about it.

But surely all those comments can’t have came from the same Alan Scott Pardew who said after Charlton’s first defeat of the season, at home to Yeovil in the Carling Cup: “I wish I hadn’t made those changes now.”

6 responses so far
  • freddyfreddy // October 22, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    What do you expect him to say?
    I’m not doing anything about and and frankly I don’t care.

  • Rob // October 22, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    This is Pardew all over, he talks a great game but like a blind and dumb UPS driver he delivers nothing!! He over shadows every shoddy display with “i have players to come in who want to play ” In a past life Pardew was an estate agent who had lots of clients for the vendor, but never seemed to turn up with any of them. “well i think that the turn out to view ur house 2day mr Jones was below par, but i have some fresh faces ready to come in instead” What a joke he is a reactive manager not a pro active one. The reason your players dont play well mr pardew is because they have no belief in you!! Gary Johnson (Bristol City) has no stars, but makes them play football the right way and yes they for the 2nd consecutive season now look much much better than us! Pardew go back to Foxtons!

  • ValleyJohn // October 22, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    We have been very patient with Pards but the tide has turned and if things dont change rapidly the crowd will be calling for his head.

  • rob // October 22, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    We need to give pards time. The board hav a 3 year plan to get back into the premier league, they know that success is not going to be instant. The championship is full of premiership has beens who all think they deserve to be in the prem & we have to accept that success is not possible, Pardew or otherwise. What’s more, circumstances have hardly been fair on Pard’s – let’s not forget in the summer he found out that rather than having money to spend, he’d have to sell to keep the finances straight. At Charlton we should know more than anyone that patience is a virtue – it took Curb’s a few years to bring success and the success was built on stronger foundations as a result. Let’s not join the manager’s merry-go-round hiring & firing & having no stability.

  • Marleeeen depreciation society // October 22, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    you can have curbs back now anyway. say what like about pards but he does like a good secretary. allegedly.

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