Maybe, just maybe, Alan Pardew, having now been in the passionate world of Newcastle United for several weeks, is letting that passion get to him – but in a good way.
Maybe John Carver is already having a big influence on Alan?
One of our big heroes of the past was Bill Shankly, the great former manager of Liverpool. who started Liverpool’s surge to greatness back in the early 1960s.
And that was because there was not one shred of doubt, that Bill thought (make that knew) that Liverpool was just the greatest football club in the world. And when you truly think about it – that’s just got to rub off on your players – and it did at Liverpool.
And Bill said famously that Liverpool should never be pleased with a draw, and indeed the current American owners have even mentioned that this week. And we are pleased that Alan Pardew is now starting to think and act like a Newcastle manager, by going out and trying to win every single game.
That’s exactly what Chris Hughton did, during his magnificent 18 months as manager on Tyneside.
Listen to what Alan has said today, about the tough and very important game with Spurs tomorrow:
“We’re in a win business – nothing else.” “We’re Newcastle United, and I expect us to win. I don’t care who the opposition is.”
“We just need an atmosphere similar to the one the fans served up on Sunday.” “It was a brilliant, brilliant day for us until the 94th minute.”
It just so happens that Pardew has won two of this three home games, and but for the heart-breaking late equalizer last Sunday Alan would have won 4 of his first 6 league games in charge of Newcastle United – and Tyneside would have been on fire this week – let’s face it.
And when Alan was asked whether Newcastle could win tomorrow, he continued:
“It would be brilliant, but it’s a tough ask.” “We’ve had some terrible news this week about Alan Smith, and we’ve lost Dan Gosling as well this week.”
“We’re going into the game with a depleted squad, which is far from ideal.” “But, having said that, we’re off the back of a great performance.”
“Even though Smudger got injured, Danny Guthrie came in and played a big part.” “I’m hoping Kevin Nolan’s OK.”
It seems that Kevin Nolan has a sore throat, but we have to hope (and pray) the captain will start tomorrow. It’s an important game for Newcastle tomorrow, but one that we can win, and the lads should be looking forward to playing one of the top sides in England.
If the lads can get just a little bit of luck tomorrow, for a change, then Newcastle can win this game, and make up for last Sunday – and wouldn’t that be something!
And we support Alan’s call for the Newcastle fans to be extra vocal in their support of the team tomorrow – and we can win this game – we’re convinced of that!
We also wonder if it’s John Carver, who is having a big influence on Alan, and sooner than we thought! 😀
Howay The Lads!!