News today from Steven Taylor that the Newcastle players have taken to Alan Pardew big time, since the new manager arrived on Tyneside a short two weeks ago.
Steven Taylor challenges Fernando Torres
And the good news about Alan is he seems to be great at man-management, just like Chris Hughton was, and sits down and talks to each of his players to make sure everything is OK with them.
This is what Steven said today about Pardew:
“I have been very impressed with the new manager,” “Since he came in, he has been absolutely spot-on. Within a day or two of him coming in, he sat me down in his office and made it clear he wants me to be here.”
“He just wants to get the ball rolling.” “For me, he has been first class. It was just what I needed. He is a man’s man and I have a lot of respect for him and I know that all the players feel the same way about him.”
“It was music to my ears when he told me he wanted me to stay. That’s the best possible thing that could have happened to me, for a new manager to come in and tell me how much he wants me to stay.”
“I don’t want to be unwanted. For him to say he wanted me here, and will do everything he can for me, was brilliant. Everyone knows how much I want to stay here.”
So if everybody knows Steven wants to stay at Newcastle, why doesn’t he sign his new contract?
Surely it’s a decent deal, since other players seem to have signed up pretty quickly, and with Steven, Newcastle will be trying to get a 5 year deal for him, and we have to think a spanner is being put in the works by his agent Paul Stretford.
We don’t trust Paul much, just like we don’t trust Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.
Pardew has done really well since first arriving at Newcastle, when it was clear the Newcastle fans were not happy about anything, and just didn’t want Pardew, because there seemed nothing in his record that qualified him to become manager of Newcastle.
But he’s certainly got Steven on his side, as the local lad continued:
“There was a lot going on when he first arrived and no one really knew how to take him.”
“But from the first time he met us, the way he has come across to the players, he has been absolutely unbelievable.”
“The training sessions have been fantastic and it’s fair to say the players have taken an instant shine to him.”
Things couldn’t have gone much better for Newcastle since Alan arrived, with a great 3-1 victory against Liverpool in his first game, and Pardew having got the players firmly behind him already.
He got a promise from Ashley not to sell Andy Carroll – whatever that’s worth – before he signed on at Newcastle, and he is trying to keep Steven on Tyneside by meeting with his agent this week.
You couldn’t ask for much more than that from any new manager.