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.