Alan Pardew – May The Force Be With Newcastle

Whatever Alan Pardew does for the rest of his football career, it’s likely he will always be remembered for smashing the Newcastle players at half time last Saturday, and inspiring  them to come back against Arsenal, in the greatest comeback ever seen in Premier League history.

Alan Pardew – wants the force (the great fans) behind Newcastle

As we said yesterday we think Alan knew all about the Newcastle fans and the passion in the City for football, before he accepted the job.

But it seems he has been just amazed at just how strong it really is – and he’s starting to get caught up in the passion that is Newcastle United.

And that cannot be too bad.

The same thing happened with Chris Hughton, and he went on to produce some miracles at Newcastle in the short 18 months he was in charge, and will be revered forever on Tyneside, whatever he does for the rest of his career.

And maybe, just maybe, Alan Pardew, who is more experienced than Chris as the lead man, can do the same thing, and take Newcastle United forward in the next couple of seasons.

That would be just terrific, because it’s clear Alan is an excellent man manager.

Alan talked to the Evening Chronicle:

“I haven’t been involved in a game that swung so dramatically as a manager or a player.” “What can you say? For twenty 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.”

We mentioned yesterday that in the six home games remaining, Newcastle should be going all out for those 18 points, and that could take us to safety this season, but let’s be realistic, we are certainly not safe from relegation yet.

But if the team can play with that tremendous  fight and spirit seen in the second half on Saturday in our final 13 league games, the lads should be able to get the 12 points we probably need to guarantee safety in the Premier League this season, which is all we want to see.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • daneevz

    Feb 8, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #1

    all these storys goin up Ed are all the same!! get somethin new!

  • Stuart

    Feb 8, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #2

    Im sick of hearing about this already, its not like we won lol. I dont want to take anything away from the team but all they did was make up for playing absolutely awfully in the first half.

    New Topic already Ed! Its not about the matches gone but the matches to come haha.

  • Markaccus

    Feb 8, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #3

    Its a slow day. Nowt else to write I reckon lol

  • Davies

    Feb 8, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #4

    Better to dwell on good news than bad, I say.

  • dave 1961

    Feb 8, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #5

    Excellent to take into the next game Pardew should make them sit thru the game before the Blackburn game to get them fired up.

  • stuckdownsouth

    Feb 8, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #6

    I think most of us have a more balanced view of AP now (Okay not you Geoff777). He clearly is a half decent manager and perhaps not the ‘deadman walking’ we all thought when he first arrived.

    Good luck to him, hope he gets a chance to spend in the summer.

  • davcon22

    Feb 8, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #7

    @daneez #1, pull ya neck in mate,you write a blog if you can do any better!!

  • davcon22

    Feb 8, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #8

    @Stuart, as above!!!


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