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.
“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.
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