Alan Pardew has given his first interview with Newcastle United TV this afternoon.
Alan Pardew – longevity of contract was important to me
Alan looked confident as he answered the questions in the rather short piece that has been released, with a Newcastle United shirt hanging behind him, and it was probably given at the Benton Training grounds, where we hope he will take the training this afternoon.
Alan was asked his first reaction when he discovered you were being linked with this job:
“My first reaction was one of amazement because Newcastle is such a big club”
“When you look at the big clubs in the country you have to put Newcastle in there.”
“So is was a great opportunity for me.”
And was it an easy decision to say yes to the job:
“It was an easy decision to become manager of Newcastle because it’s such a privileged position, but you know there was a lot of things to talk about to make sure we got things right.”
“If I’m going to come here I want to do it the right way – I want to build a foundation here and longevity of contract is something that was important to me.”
“Hopefully I can bring Newcastle forward and up.”
There’s one thing that Alan is better than Chris at – and that is giving interviews, and he seems an interesting guy, who seems to be simply delighted that he’s been given this opportunity at one of England’s most famous football clubs.
We expect him top work his socks off the make Newcastle successful in what will be a huge challenge for the Wimbledon-born manager.
It’s hardly surprising that the longevity of the contract was important to Alan after Newcastle have had 13 managers in 13 years, and this is now the 6th manager under owner Mike Ashley, since he arrived at the club about 42 months ago.
We wish Alan all the best in a most difficult job.