Hard Work Only Just Beginning For Pardew

It seems like there’s a mutual admiration society growing between new manager Alan Pardew and two of his senior players, captain Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton.

Alan Pardew – supported by players since he arrived

Certainly to their credit, the three of them did everything right from last Thursday when the new manager arrived on Tyneside.

Alan was obviously very pleased with the performance of both players on Saturday, in the amazing 3-1 defeat of Liverpool.

Pardew told the local Evening Chronicle today:

“I thought Joey was perhaps the best player.” “The skipper was brilliant in his own way.”

“A lot of his work was done organizing the team, and talking to me and explaining what they do.”

“They were both brilliant.”

And it’s clear that Alan has been stunned at how just good things are at Newcastle right now – at least on the playing side – and he probably cannot believe his luck that he’s the new manager.

50,000 screaming fans supported the side on Saturday,  and Alan said he’d never witnessed that kind of atmosphere other than at an FA Cup Final -welcome to Newcastle, Alan.

And Pardew n has seen at first hand the incredible team spirit that Chris Hughton built up in 16 months on Tyneside, and he  mustn’t destroy that – which we sure he will try not to.

Alan continued:

“You just can’t get that, and I don’t want to pay a disservice to the junior players, across the board unless you get the senior players on side.”

“They make it easy for you. Sol Campbell, Harper, Nolan, Barton and Alan Smith.” “Alan Smith was as positive and effective as anyone I’ve met, and obviously he didn’t get a game.”

We have this suspicion that Alan Pardew is a big fan of Alan Smith, and Alan may get more games – and that’s fine as long as he performs.

Although it will have to be somewhere other than at defensive midfield, where Cheick Tiote was again just terrific for the Magpies.

Things certainly don’t look half as bad as they did a short 7 days ago – that’s for sure.

But for Pardew the hard work is just starting, and his very first obstacle is to make sure we can get a win at Birmingham, and hopefully start to bring some consistency to the Newcastle performances.

That’s basically where Chris Hughton left off, and what Chris was trying to achieve with the lads before he was fired – more consistency.

Comments always welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Shot Bru

    Dec 13, 2010 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #1

    If Pardew is thinking of playing Smith he could be a good choice to play alongside Carroll… his workrate would be the perfect foil for Carroll and they would cause mayhem.

  • Lew Davies

    Dec 13, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #2

    Any one see Rooneys fantastic penalty!!!
    Wot a plonker 😀
    Not even close
    PMSL 😀

  • Lew Davies

    Dec 13, 2010 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #3

    Arsenal are Kak

  • Lew Davies

    Dec 13, 2010 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #4

    so manure back on top yet again.
    looking ominous for the chasing pack.

    Didn’t see anything very special from either team,

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 13, 2010 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Just loved the Rooney pen. Won’t be long till he’s replaced. With whom? Wor Andy.

  • Lew Davies

    Dec 13, 2010 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Nooooo.!!! he would do a shearer and give them the bird.

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 13, 2010 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #7

    Ooooh, I meant in the English Team. Sorry if I caused panic.

  • dublin mag steve

    Dec 13, 2010 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #8

    thought this was nufc blog screw both of them weve our own fish to fry

  • Sav

    Dec 14, 2010 at 2:14 AM

    Comment #9

    Surprised there’s still apparently no interview yet with Hughton.
    Talk about stoicism and a dignified silence.
    I hope My Cash-lee has stumped up big time to keep Chris quiet and compensate him handsomely for the shoddy treatment he’s received but I suspect its just once again, an example of the measure of the man we’ve just lost.
    I’m all for support and moving on but any chance we can hold off on ‘Alan this’ and ‘Alan that’ until Hoots has left the building? By all means get behind the new manager but lets wait for ‘due diligence’, Ed.


    Dec 14, 2010 at 4:55 AM

    Comment #10

    Totally agree with what you say. I was shocked by the sudden departure of what i thought was someone developing into a good manager and very popular at the club.

    Compare that with the tenures of say Fat Sam and Joe Kinnear, Hoots will find another club , and if he ever returns with them will always be welcomed back with open arms.

    Pardew still has to earn that sort of respect from the fans and club. Saturdays win had more to do with what Hoots had built up and the prof attitude of the players than Pardews management.
    He,s stepped into a cauldron and does,nt yet realise the size and demanding job he,s taken on. The next few games will be the making or the breaking of the new mangers tenure because we all know the fickle nature of the club ownership and some of the stupid and Walt Disney decisions that have been made in the last few years.
    I for one am reserving my judgement on the new management until next year!


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