Alan Pardew is quite smooth and charismatic too, and he is not at all like Chris Hughton – but we knew that already.
Alan Pardew – different character than Hughton – of course he is
Alan is a better communicator than Chris ever was, that was obvious yesterday, when he gave decent answers to lots of difficult questions, which he really should not had had to answer.
But it looks like Derek LLambias is a not exactly a courageous guy, and he didn’t come out and answer the question about why exactly Chris Hughton had been dismissed in the first place.
Again Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias showed yesterday they have no class – no class at all – and they left their new manager to take all the heat.
They may have lots of money but they are hopeless in terms of trying to run a club – just hopeless – did I make that clear?
Alan talked about how he sees himself as contrasted to Chris’ low profile style:
“I am just not the same sort of character as Chris,” “I wouldn’t say I am more confident, but I just have a manner that can sometimes upset people.”
“I have upset players in the past. I am sure Chris has too.” “But I will probably do it in a different way.” “That is the only point I am trying to make.”
“I don’t want to make a big deal of it. I am not really here to compare myself and Chris because that is unfair on me, if I am honest.”
One surprise about what Pardew said yesterday is that he may bring in a player or two in January, although there will not be much money available, but he has a knack of spotting some good players, and bringing them in for peanuts – maybe that’s why he got the job.
But one thing Alan will need to do quickly is to assess the squad he already has, which has done fantastic in about half of our games this season, and not very good in the other ones.
This is what Alan said about the January transfer window:
“All I would say about January is that I really need to know what I have got at the club,”
“There have been some great performances here. I need to assess what we have in particular in the Premier League – this is sometimes a dividing line between losing and drawing – is the substitutes bench.”
“Who have you got to come off the bench and make an impact? I will be looking at that very closely. With that window just around the corner I will be concentrating on that.”
It would surprise us if Alan does bring in a couple of good players in January, if some are available, but he’ll not have much money to spend of course.
Tomorrow is a very important game, a water-shed game if you like, and if we get hammered there will be immediate bad memories of what happened 27 months ago after Kevin left the club.
We went the next 6 league games with just 2 points, and if that happen this time around. then Alan will not last long at the club and we’ll be in big trouble – make that very big trouble.
But we are hoping for the the best and we are hoping for a win tomorrow – but we don’t expect one.