It seems that Alan Pardew did quite well today in his first day on Tyneside, and he admitted to being just a little bit daunted by the task that lies ahead of him.
Alan Pardew – at the press conference today
It’s also clear that either Alan was well briefed on what to expect from the Newcastle fans, or he knew that before he even got involved as a candidate for the Newcastle manager position.
He was asked whether he could win over the fans, and we thought he gave a good answer that his job was to win football matches, because if he does that he will win over the fans.
That’s exactly what Chris Hughton did, and once we all got used to his low key nature, we started to love the guy – Chris that is.
This is how Alan said he had to win games:
“The battles I need to win are on the pitch.” “The one love of this city is the club, the football, and I know the passion that’s here.”
“When I drove up on Tuesday contemplating coming here, I understood what was going to happen if I was to take the job, of course, and that was quite a daunting prospect.”
And another piece in the press conference we liked was when he referred to St. James’ Park as – The Cathedral on the Hill – as the revered Bobby Robson used to call it.
Alan admitted to knowing full well it was a daunting task he was about to undertake if he said yes to the job – and he’s dead right about that.
He also promised fans that he would play attacking positive football, and it’s easy to say, but we’ll soon see what kinds of systems he prefers – Saturday being the first chance we’ll see of him in action as the manager.
We also have heard he’s very good with the youngsters, and that’s an important facet of the manager job at Newcastle, since we will be bringing through a lot of our own young players.
“But when you see this stadium on this hill in the middle of the city, it’s something else and the chance of being manager is something that I couldn’t turn down.”
“I have always managed teams that have played attacking positive football, something I know the supporters here appreciate.”
“At the same time I intend to focus on developing exciting young players through the club’s excellent Academy and development squad, and I know the board here at St. James’ Park are very committed to that too.”
“I can’t wait to get started and what better way to kick-off than welcoming Liverpool to St. James’ Park on Saturday.”
I hope he considers Hatem Ben Arfa to be an exciting young player, because the fans love the lad.
A decent first press conference for Alan, and we hope he’s already put in a call to Hatem Ben Arfa in France, since the 23 year-old has got to be wondering what the hell is going on at the club, and what his position is at the club right now. So are we.
We have to believe Newcastle want to sign the lad, and we remind readers he was going to be fit as soon as the end of next month, before the you know what hit the fan on Monday.
Alan will be touching base with all the playing staff, but his main task tomorrow is on the training pitch, and preparing the lads for the crucial game against Liverpool on Saturday.
He will also no doubt have watched a few videos of our last few games.
And Alan will probably be wondering what team Newcastle have right now – good or bad – based on our up and down displays all season. So are we.