Alan Pardew has given a press conference today, and it’s good to get out to the fans what he said, so we can all start to get some idea of what the man is like, and how he operates.
Alan Pardew – at press conference today
This is some of what Alan said today:
“I’ve had a lot of texts from manger saying ‘you must be mad going there’ because it is such a tough agenda, with the history of the ownership and the managers, but it is a massive club,”“It is a huge club, one of the top five in the country I would suggest.” “And I would never be able to live with myself if I didn’t take it on and get the best possible contract I could for myself.”
“The longevity of it will hopefully allow me to grow this club.” “The chance of being manger here was something I couldn’t turn down.”
“Having said that with the history of managers coming and going here I wanted to be tough on the length on the contract to try and give myself as much stability at a club where they haven’t had stability of managers.”
“I don’t think it is going to be a PR battle because I don’t think I’m going to win a PR battle. The battles I need to win are on the pitch.” “I understood all that was going to happen if I was going to take the job.”
“That was quite a daunting prospect but when you see this stadium on the hill in the middle of the town it is something else.”
Alan was right not to turn the job down, because it’s a massive opportunity for the man – just like it was for Chris Hughton, and Chris took it with both hands, and now his peer managers are praising him and waxing lyrical about the man.
His resume (CV) as a manager is there for all to see.
So Chris will soon land on his feet, and he will be handsomely rewarded for the fantastic job he did for Newcastle United – just not at Newcastle.
Pardew says there is immediate and massive pressure on him to produce the goods (that’s good), but just as Chris used to say, the main goal is to stay in the Premier league for next season.
This is how Alan talked about what his brief for the club is – at least for this season:
“The brief for me is to consolidate and stay in the division,” “But there is an opportunity in the Premiership and certainly since I have been out of work I have watched a lot of Premier League football and the squads are so close.”
“The spirit and the unity of a team could propel you high up the table. “We are currently 11th and that is an extremely good position for a team that has been promoted but we have to kick on.”
“I know the fans are frustrated but I just hope they channel it into supporting the team on Saturday.”
Just let me expand on that last point.
Alan is not in a good situation at the club right now, to say the least, but it’s also not his fault what Mike Ashley has done this week, but Alan is now manager of Newcastle, whether we like it or not, and I for one will be supporting him.
We’ve had articles this week that have blasted him, or to be more accurate his record in football, but now that he’s our manager that’s it – it’s over – he’s part of the Newcastle club now, and if he is successful, the club is successful – forget about Mike Ashley.
I’ve supported every manager we’ve ever had, and certainly since I started this blog in April, 2007, and I will continue to do so – and if Donald Duck was manager I’d probably support him too.
My aim is to see Newcastle great again in my lifetime, just as the lads were in the 1950s when my father traveled to every single game to see them play and when they won the FA Cup 3 times in a short 5 years, from 1951 until 1955.
In fact I remember at my father’s funeral in 1999, when his life story was being read out about what he had done, and it was stated very forcefully he was always a big fan of Newcastle United all his life. The apple does not fall far from the tree.
My father and mother were at the 1955 FA Cup final, when we took Manchester City apart 3-1, and a certain Jackie Milburn scored in the first minute – and from a header too – and I saw the game on TV, and was 10 at the time.
Every Newcastle fan can do what they think fit, it’s a free country, and it’s not my role to criticize any fan, but I’ll be supporting the club, make no mistake about that.
And yes, it doesn’t look good that the team can become great anytime soon, but I continue to live in hope.