Alan Pardew could well go down at Newcastle, for giving the most inspiring half time team talk of any manager for years and years, and my word – did it have the desired effect!
Alan Pardew – fantastic team talk at half-time
We can never call Alan Pardew a soft manager – ever – as he tore into his players at half time and told them they couldn’t sulk in front of the fantastic 51,000 Geordie fans in attendance and he told them to go out there in the second half and show the fans whet the players are about.
Just think – what would you have said at half time – 4-0 down and were being so utterly and completely outclassed it was embarrassing.
Alan Pardew is beginning to earn his stripes at Newcastle and we have to give the man a chance to succeed on Tyneside.
He told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I haven’t been involved in a game that swung so dramatically as a manager or a player.” “What can you say? For 20 minutes we didn’t make a challenge or get a tackle in. We weren’t close to anyone, and they looked quicker, sharper and faster than us.”
“I make no bones about it. We were trying to do our best, but it wasn’t right. We were feeling sorry for ourselves. We were beaten at Fulham, and didn’t play well at times in that game.”
“The second half showed what a force we can be at this club when you put people under pressure, get tight, and get 51,000 Geordies back on your side.”
“It was an unbelievable day, and I thank the fans for staying with us, and most importantly I thank the players for their character and a performance that showed they were lions out there.”
“We made a call at half-time.” “You either sit there and protect the four, and don’t get embarrassed, or you say ‘you know what, we’re going to play the game properly and see what happens’.”
“We said ‘let’s put them under pressure and kicked down the end we like kicking, and let’s go and show what we’re about’.”
“And my God, we did that, and more. It feels like a 4-0 victory, and a special, special day, yet we haven’t won.”
Let’s get behind Alan and the players through the end of the season, and you’ve got to believe that in each of the 6 home games left this season, our lads will be going all out for a win.
If they come out and play with the guts and glory they showed in the second half on Saturday, then 52,000 mad screaming Geordies will be behind them – and that’s worth a couple of goals.
6 home games could mean 18 points and that would give us 49 points for the season, even if we lose all our 7 away games- and we’d be safe.
We are so proud of what the Newcastle United players did in that final 45 minutes on Saturday – so very proud!