Alan Pardew experienced the passion that is Newcastle United yesterday, in his first game at St. James’ Park, and he seems to have been blown away by the crowd and the atmosphere they created.
Pardew explaining situation to star Andy Carroll yesterday
And the 500,000 crowd yesterday turned up even after the Newcastle fans had one of their worst weeks for a long time, when their popular and talented manager Chris Hughton was sacked by the clueless owner, Mike Ashley.
But it seems that Chris has already been linked with Sheffield United, as former Newcastle star Gary Speed has left the Blades to manage Wales, and West Ham may be close to sacking Avram Grant after a bad 3-1 defeat to Man City, and the Hammers are said to also be interested in Hughton.
And Roy Keane may be in danger of his job after Ipswich, after they were again beaten, this time 1-0 at Preston.
The Newcastle players were magnificent yesterday and managed to come away with the 3-1 win, but it was the guts and fighting spirit of the Newcastle players that won them the game, with two goals in the last 20 minutes, and that included a stunner from fast improving Andy Carroll in injury time.
This is what a delighted Alan Pardew said after the game:
“It was something special. I’m very happy. To score three goals against Liverpool, who are very well drilled and don’t give you much room to play, was excellent,”
“We were effective and always looked like we had goals in us which is very pleasing. I must admit I was getting a little bit nervous towards the end, but I was a lot more relieved when that third went in!”
“The crowd is absolutely everything. They reacted with disappointment to the events of this – losing Chris of course. That is understandable, Chris is a gentlemen and did a very good job here.”
“But ultimately they support the club and the shirt – not any individual or player – and they showed that.” “The noise level was something I’ve only experienced in Cup finals, to be honest.”
“I struggled to make myself heard – I’m going to need some sign language I think!”
And owner Mike Ashley was seen with his daughter and MD Derek LLambias quite often by the TV coverage during the game, and he went crazy when Newcastle scored their second and third goals, and it would appear the harsh (it is worse than that) criticism of him by the Newcastle fans, is like water off a duck’s back.
Pardew said he spoke briefly to Mike Ashley after the game:
“I popped up to see him. He was happy with the result because it’s probably not been his best week,”
“But the win was really about the players. They showed their spirit and unity out there, along with the staff.”
And Kevin Nolan after the game said that Derek LLambias had met with the playing staff, and explained the decision to sack Hughton, and Nolan said he shook hands with Derek after the meeting.
Kevin said he thought Derek did the right thing by personally trying to explain the decision to the players – and Kevin said the players will now put the events of last week behind them, although they were really upset by what happened last Monday. Weren’t we all.
Credit for the performance yesterday goes 100% to the players, and they dedicated it to Chris Hughton, and Alan seemed to have very little to do with it – which in the circumstances was understandable.
But Alan now has a full week to do some training with the lads, and prepare them for the next game, and of course Williamson and Coloccini will again be available.
Next step is to beat Birmingham next weekend at St. Andrews.