We are starting to like the way Alan Pardew manages his players on Tyneside, and today he says that it’s important that Newcastle bring in the right characters at the club, players who are willing to fight for their places.
Alan Pardew – players coming in must fight for their places
Sounds good to us – because we don’t want any more prima donnas on Tyneside, we had enough of those during our relegation season.
Alan has made a good start to his Newcastle management career, and not by chance either, as he’s shown a lot of experience and savvy common sense, not to change things too much initially at the club.
And he’s managed 3 wins in his first 5 league games at Newcastle, which is not too bad at all.
Compare the way Alan has seamlessly taken over at Newcastle, with the way Gerard Houllier has seemingly upset the apple cart and even some of his players at Aston Villa, and you see what we mean.
Alan told the Evening Chronicle today about his search for new players for Newcastle:
“We’re still looking for a quality player to come into the squad.” “Whoever it is will have a job to get into this team, the way we are playing.”
“Therefore it has to be the right type of character as well.” “If they come here and expect to be in the first-team straight away or have those sort of demands, I’m not interested.”
“They have to come here and earn the right to get in this team and do a good job.”
Players in this day and age cannot ever think their places are guaranteed, but we hope the level of player Alan brings in is at least good enough to be a starter at Newcastle.
Alan then gave an update on yesterday’s news, when he said they were discussing a player with a particular club, and hoped to even have a signing before the weekend:
“We are discussing with a club a potential signing.” “Whether it happens before the weekend is significant, because whoever it is could get cup-tied this weekend.”
Pardew has a good attitude and listening to the players talk, he seems to have continued the winning mentality that Chris Hughton brought to the club – go into every game thinking you can win it, and have a plan to do just that.
And Alan may even surprise us this season – certainly he’s got the lads playing very good attacking football, and seems to have steadied the defense a bit too.
Well at least in the last couple of games when the lads beat possible relegation teams, Wigan and West Ham.
We have to hope the good form extends to our game tomorrow afternoon at Stevenage, where we hope Newcastle can get through to the next round – and at the first attempt.