Alan Pardew will be ready for his first ever Wear-Tyne derby, and of course he will never have experienced a derby like the local north-east derby – ever.
Alan Pardew – looking forward to Sunderland test
From what we’ve seen of Alan Pardew, he’s a smart guy, and is quick to acknowledge the passion of the Newcastle United fans.
Alan showed great bravery when he took over at Newcastle, and entered a club whose angry fans had loudly protested his appointment, with only 2% of the Newcastle fans in our vote, wanting him at Newcastle.
Martin Jol was the overwhelming favorite of our readers.
Yes it’s a little strange to say that he showed courage, but Alan showed significant personal character in his few days on Tyneside, and immediately got the players on his side, with his honest and down to earth common sense approach.
And he even complimented the job Chris Hughton had done, and phoned Chris up too, and all those actions paid off big time for the Newcastle club, with 3 wins in his first 5 games before the wheels came off last Saturday at Stevenage.
It’s hard to imagine how he could have handled that initial situation at Newcastle any better than he did.
Alan Pardew told the Evening Chronicle today:
“It is certainly the biggest game I will have as Newcastle United manager this season.”
“I have seen many Tyne-Wear derbies before and I know what they are – explosive.”
“I have played in London derbies, and last year I was at Southampton when we played Portsmouth for the first time in a few years. That was quite ferocious.”
“However, I know that this will be on a much, much larger scale than that. I am sure of that.”
“I am looking forward to it and I know the players are and they are determined to bounce back from the weekend and get a result.”
The Newcastle players were back in training at the club’s Benton Headquarters yesterday, after being given a day off to recover from the distinct embarrassment the Newcastle club suffered on Saturday at Stevenage.
Alan will now try to engineer an unlikely second win for the Newcastle side this season, against an improving Sunderland side, this time at the Stadium of Light.
And Pardew knows full well that a win on Saturday will soon bring the feel-good fact0r flooding back to Tyneside.
If Newcastle can get the win it will be 4 wins in his first 6 games in charge on Tyneside – 12 points from 6 games- which would not be too bad at all.
“My view is we go there confident with our Premier League form and rested after a few days off.”
“Everybody has rested up and hopefully most of the lads are back. That is the most important thing.”
“My aim this week is to get the best team available together and make sure we put in a show like we did against West Ham.”
Alan is obviously already on board on how important the game at Sunderland is for Newcastle fans, and we’re very glad of that.
Now to hammer Sunderland for a second time. 😀
Howay The Lads!!