If we were to quickly review what Alan Pardew has done in his first few weeks on Tyneside, we’d say he has stabilized the Newcastle defense, and worked to ensure Newcastle are even more deadly at set plays.
John and Alan – a terrific shot from yesterday
So that’s not a bad beginning for Alan, and he’s been very smart not to change things big time, right at the beginning, but kept the momentum going.
Other experienced managers have been guilty of that this season – Gerard Houllier, Roy Hodgson and Avram Grant to name but three, and their clubs have struggled mightily – but not Newcastle.
Pardew told the Evening Chronicle today:
“You can’t disguise the link with Sir Bobby and JC – and nor would I want to.”
“He was here alongside Sir Bobby during those great years. And those are the years that we want to bring back.”
Once Bobby Robson was sacked for only being 5th in the Premier League in late August of 2004, Newcastle finished in the following positions, with points secured and the managers during the season:
2004-2005 12th 43 Souness 2005-2006 7th 58 Souness, Roeder 2006-2007 13th 43 Roeder 2007-2008 12th 43 Allardyce, Keegan 2008-2009 18th 34 Keegan, Kinnear, Hughton, Shearer
That’s not good reading, in fact it’s depressing, and shows the decline of the Newcastle United club once Bobby Robson left – sorry - was sacked.
And it’s only been since a year last July, when Chris Hughton took over a completely devastated club that was on its knees, that Newcastle have been on the march back to where the great Bobby Robson had left the club.
And whatever happens to Chris Hughton from now on, he’ll be remembered and revered for the fantastic job he did for Newcastle United – make no mistake about that.
Chris did the really hard part – getting the club back into the top tier at the very first attempt, after all those supposed experts were predicting (hoping?) the club would sink much further down the leagues. just as Leeds United had done previously.
Alan Pardew has picked up the baton from where Chris left off, and seems to be doing some good and sensible things at Newcastle.
After all he just signed up John Carver yesterday, which cannot be bad, and Alan talked about what the new Assistant Manager can do to move the club forward:
“The great thing is that John can help guide me and make sure we don’t make the same mistakes of the past.”
“The fans can trust him with the team because he is Newcastle United through and through.”
And one very interesting thing is that Pardew says that Carver was the very first person to be offered the position.
That’s after we had reports of Chris Powell, Phil Parkinson and Peter Taylor being closely linked with the job – in fact Peter Taylor made a statement he had turned the position down, so that’s very odd.
“I wanted to take my time. But John Carver fits in perfectly with what we have here – I couldn’t think of anybody better.”
“He was the first person that we offered the job to, despite all of the names.” “There are various reasons why we did that.”
“But once JC left Sheffield United, he was the obvious choice.”
But we don’t care whether John was the first or the 50th coach offered the job, we’re just pleased that Alan has brought in John Carver, who is a huge favorite with Newcastle fans.
Alan now has as his right hand man – a coach who is Newcastle through and through – just like the rest of us.