Alan Pardew has made a statement after getting the biggest job he has ever had in his life – manager of the famous Newcastle United Football club.
Alan has been handed a five-and-a-half year contract at St James’s Park by owner Mike Ashley, who has quickly replaced Chris Hughton.
But we have to think that talks had already been held with Pardew before Chris was actually fired and the Newcastle owner was only just waiting for the right time.
That would likely have been in October, had Coloccini not headed an injury time equalizer against Wigan, as reports at the time suggested Chris was close to being sacked.
This is what Alan said today:.
“I am honored and privileged to have been given this opportunity at Newcastle United, one of the truly great clubs in English football,”
“I understand what this club means to its supporters.”
“Throughout the football world, people recognise that this is a unique club in many ways, with supporters who are second to none in their loyalty, passion and devotion for the team.”
“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.”
Good word from Alan, and of course he;s absolutely right – Newcastle is a great club with fantastic supporters.
His job now it to get the players behind him, as the playing staff have also been shocked at the events that have taken place in this last week.
He cannot do much about what the supporters feel because he’s right in the middle of another terrible situation at Newcastle between the proud Newcastle fans and the London-based owner.
Alan should now concentrate fully on Saturday’s game against Liverpool with the players.
And we are told he is a very hard worker – so we expect him to put in some long hours from now until the game against Liverpool, which kicks off at 5:30 pm and is being televised live around the world.
A win would be absolutely terrific, if the lads can pull it off.