With being a manger in the English Premier League quite possibly one of the hardest and most stressful jobs you can find, it pays to be positive about things.
Alan Pardew – very positive thinking from the boss
And that’s what Alan Pardew seems to be today, having had the terrible news yesterday that Andy could well miss the next two games, and even be out for over a month if he has torn his thigh muscle.
This is what Alan said today:
“Andy’s a big doubt for the Wigan game, I don’t expect him to play.” “He’s such an important character in the group, so he is a miss. I’m not going to under-estimate that.”
“I think back to 1990 when Ian Wright broke his leg at Crystal Palace, but we got through to the FA Cup final. Everyone’s got to pull their socks up and try that little bit harder.”
“You’ve got to come up with a way so that his exit from the side doesn’t impact the result.”
Shola Ameobi is almost a certainty to return from his hamstring injury tomorrow, and we have to hope Shola has one of his better days, in what is such a crucial game for Newcatsle.
We don’t want to see Shola running around aimlessly and seemingly not too interested or involved, as he sometimes seems in some of his games for the club.
But the in-form Shola can be great, and we’d like to see that passion tomorrow from the local lad, and he has to be ready to get some goals too.
The news coming out of Newcastle is that Pardew is again likely to play a 4-5-1 formation, with Shola up front and Kevin Nolan a laid back striker.
That means Tiote, Barton and Nolan will play in central midfield for Newcastle and that’s as good as we’ve got.
And of course if those three can wrestle the midfield away from Wigan tomorrow, we have to have a good chance of winning the game, which would be fantastic.
“I’ve got a clear mind on injuries,” “I always think positively, and hopefully we’re going to get good news. “Who knows when the recovery time will be?”
“They tell me he had an injury last year which was meant to keep him out for a long time and he was back in seven days, so that bodes well.”
In fact there is every likelihood that the news on Carroll – good or bad – will come back from his scan before today is out.
And we have to hope that he has not in fact torn his thigh muscle.
If it’s good news on Andy, he could even return against West Ham in the crucial game next Wednesday night at home, and could be rested for the trip to Stevenage in the FA Cup third round game next Saturday.