Alan Pardew is an experienced manager, and that will have to stand him in good stead as he takes on the monumental job of replacing Chris Hughton on Tyneside.
Alan Pardew – this will be his toughest job ever
But after reading what other players have said about him and also one or two of my friends in Southampton, Alan seems a good manager who is very down to earth – and dare we say it – is a good man-manager and good with his players.
The news is that he will get a long contract through the summer of 2016, and his task this season will be to consolidate Newcastle’s Premier League position.
But with demonstrations now planned against Ashley before Saturday’s game with Liverpool, it is a concern the club will become in disarray again – which will negatively affect the players – and we are only 4 points above the relegation zone.
Alan’s first task is to get with the players and get into a good communication with them, and probably go out to dinner tonight with the experienced older lads like Kevin Nolan, Alan Smith, Steve Harper and yes – Joey Barton, and start getting to know them.
These players will be important to Alan and he must quickly get his ideas across as to how he operates and how he wants the team to play.
Today will the biggest day in Pardew’s life so far, as he meets with the media, and it would appear that some fans are already firmly against him.
Of course his immediate task is to prepare the team for the game on Saturday with Liverpool, and we have to hope that Steven Gerrard does not play in that game, but Liverpool looked very good in easily beating Aston Villa last Monday night – not good news.
The local papers have come out today saying the Londoner must be given a chance to succeed at the Newcastle club.
Our view is that if he isn’t given that chance, we could be shooting ourselves in the foot, and another relegation fight will soon be on our hands.