Alan Pardew has just been given one of the most stressful jobs in English football – managing Newcastle United.
Alan Pardew – enthusiastic about Newcastle job
And his words today suggest he is more than a little excited and enthusiastic at the job that lies ahead, and as with Chris Hughton before him, he now has a chance to take one of the most famous (if not successful of late) clubs in English football forward – hopefully to success.
Chris Hughton took that chance and did a magnificent job for Newcastle United, and he will never ever be forgotten for getting Newcastle back to the Premier League in his first ever full management position – but hardly his last.
Some lucky club will be announcing Chris as their new manager before too long, we’re sure of that, and if ever returns to Tyneside as an opposing manager, he’ll be greeted like a returning hero – and he’ll deserve it too.
We all know Chris was ruthlessly fired last Monday afternoon by the Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, who seems like a ruthless Billionaire businessman, and we only thought those were Americans – wrong again.
While Pardew’s record hardly points to being equipped at all to do a similar job at Newcastle that Chris managed, we have to hope he can do at least a decent job to take Newcastle forward, and at least keep us in the Premier League this season.
After all, we shouldn’t forget that Chris Hughton shocked everybody with what he achieved on Tyneside.
This is what Alan said shortly after being announced as the New Newcastle boss today:
“I’m not a Geordie, of course, but I’m a football person with a love of the game and I can assure you I bring great drive, desire and commitment to the job.”
“I can’t wait to get started, and what better way to kick-off than welcoming Liverpool to St James’ Park on Saturday?”
We were hoping the craziness that is often Newcastle United was over, as the mild mannered and low key gentleman, Chris Hughton brought the players together, got the results and calmed things down significantly on Tyneside.
Alan would be well advised to reach out o the players and try to retain that calm, as he tries to get his hands around what is a monumental job, there’s no doubt about that.
But he will presumably have the support of Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias, which we now know that Chris Hughton never had.
Get in well with the players immediately – and speak with them all today – and then get a game plan worked out for how to beat Liverpool on Saturday, seem to be the things on the top of his to-do list.
And after all Liverpool are having their own problems this season with a new manager, and as Roy Hodgson said on Monday, just before the Aston Villa game, Chris had secured more points for Newcastle than he had for Liverpool this season, when Ashley fired Chris last Monday afternoon.
It’s absolutely crazy what Ashley has done this week, but life goes on – with a win against Liverpool hopefully.