One of the great things we liked about former manager Chris Hughton, is that when Newcastle approached a really crucial game, he seemed able to inspire his players to play out of their skins for him.
Alan Pardew – first big test for new Newcastle manager
It’s clear from what the Newcastle players said about him that when Chris was in charge, they’d walk through a brick wall for him – so to speak.
That was evident in a few games this season, the first being the first home game of the season, when we demolished Aston Villa 6-0.
And then when the second team faced a formidable trip to Chelsea in the Carling Cup, the lads went on to win 4-3, and produce a game and performance to remember.
And then of course there was the vital game at home against Sunderland, when the lads hammered the local foe 5-1, for their biggest win in 55 years – and still – Chris got the sack.
But we are only bringing that up, because we’ll see in these next two crucial games for Newcastle, just how good Alan Pardew is at inspiring the troops, to have them play at their very best, when it matters most.
It’s something the great Bobby Robson was very good at, and at times when Newcastle started important games under Bobby, the team started the game like a steam train coming out of the blocks – at full speed. It was just fantastic to watch.
Alan is well aware that the next two games are absolutely crucial to steadying the Newcastle ship, and he had this to say today:
“I went to Wigan and watched them against Arsenal, and there’s no doubt that it’s going to be a tough game.”
“They’re a very good team who plays a particular brand of football which we’ll have to be prepared for.”
“We’ll be looking for an improvement from the Tottenham game, and we’re obviously hoping to get that at Wigan.”
“The Wigan and West Ham games are vital for us. And everybody here is aware of that.”
So we’ll get an opportunity to see how good Alan is at rallying the troops on Tyneside, because these are two massive games for the Newcastle club in the next 5 days, there’s no doubt about that.
Two wins and we’ll be absolutely flying, but two defeats and we’ll not be flying – in fact we’ll be worried sick. 😀