Everybody Clear Who The Gaffer Is At Newcastle

Last week was a good time for John Carver to work closely with the Newcastle squad, and with Alan Pardew too, and he seems to have learned quite a lot about things, and positive things too.

Assistant Manager and Manager at Newcastle

Since Alan Pardew arrived on Tyneside, under just terrible circumstances, with the very well liked Chris Hughton having been surprisingly and rather ruthlessly sacked in one swift movement, Alan  has handled himself extremely well in very difficult circumstances.

And it must have been like going into a Lion’s den when he first arrived on Tyneside, with a poll of our readers showing Alan Pardew near the bottom, with a meager 2% of the vote, of managers the readers wanted in at Newcastle.

But at least we knew then that Alan had courage when he arrived, and now John Carver has said there’s no doubt who the gaffer is on Tyneside, and all the players know who is in charge, as John talked this morning about the players:

“They are great characters. You hear a lot of stories about them from the outside but then you come into the club and you realize how important they are to the team,”

“They are big characters and, of course, they are great for the club. They want to be here and they are a big positive influence on and off the field for this football club.”

“Obviously Alan came into a difficult situation but he dealt with those problems very well,”   “One thing is for sure from what I have seen – the players know who is the boss.”

“At some clubs or in some circumstances that authority isn’t necessarily there, but in this instance everyone knows who the gaffer is.”

We’ve been impressed with Alan so far,  and in his 7 league games in charge, the team has 3 wins and two draws and 11 points.

We’re not even going to mention the FA Cup tie at Stevenage.

If Newcastle can maintain that points average from their remaining games, the side will finish on around 53 points,  which should see the team positioned somewhere near the middle of the league table.

But since we should have had done better in those previous 7 games, there is a chance the team can do even better than that.

We hope so.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Magpietillidie22

    Jan 28, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #1

    This was always my problem with Hughton, I think it was probably Ashleys problem too.

    I think Hughton was one of the lads and the team was managed by Hughton, Nolan, Smith and Barton for long periods. With Pardew, he seems to be the boss. A team, needs that to be successful

  • expatgeordie

    Jan 28, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #2

    Not confinced

  • howay man

    Jan 28, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #4

    it would be great if boro take xisco off our hands for a bit, it would be nice to see him actually play football.
    this would also benefit the Ireland loan as it would free up our wage bill

  • Markaccus

    Jan 28, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #5

    Its not like boro aren’t used to strikers with questionable playing time after all!
    I give you alan boksic and mark viduka to name two, and then there was that big guy, rickets or something that was injury prone.

  • Lynxie

    Jan 28, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #6

    Ed. ‘We’re not even going to mention the FA Cup tie at Stevenage’?

    Well why do you keep MENTIONING it?

    Get over it man. I was over it by about my fifth pint after the game….
    Once you have seen Hereford, nothing else shocks or annoys you to death.

  • chuck

    Jan 28, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #7

    Chris Hughton was the person who brought this club back from the devastating unexpected relegation and chaos that was NUFC.
    Moulded the team into a confident side who romped through their season in the second tier and were doing ok in the PL.
    As for your take on Houghton, it`s obvious you know little about the man and are easily convinced about Pardew
    Ashley panicked and brought in a loser who`s record includes numerous firings, refusing to play Tevez and his Argie team-mate while fighting relegation a W/Ham.
    As for character, his record is that of a womanizer.
    And to top it off he cant get the side to beat a team like Stevenage.
    Certainly a big name, but not when it comes to football.
    So far he has refused to admitt to anything that turned brown (the Stevenage defeat+ the two late equalisers) and dumped on the team or individuals.
    Something that Hughton would never do, you will find out eventually this guy is a case of bullsh*t baffles brains.
    But seems he and Ashley are birds of a feather, so unless he makes a massive blunder, he will probably be around for a while.
    What i`m saying here is an injustice has been done, a smart guy was fired and a chancer was hired .


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