Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has had a very tough baptism on Tyneside, and the man has come through very well on the personal side.
Alan Pardew – Arsenal game will always be remembered
We didn’t know Alan the person much before he arrived, although the fans we know in Southampton were very positive on him, but Alan’s already shown at Newcastle he’s a fine character with abundant courage.
He’s had two tough press conferences – one right at the beginning when he first arrived, when he had to explain why Chris had been fired, and one after Andy left last week , when he tried to explain why Andy had been sold.
Those two press conferences were when the Newcastle hierarchy – aka Ashley and LLambias – sent Alan to the Lions – but he did well under those very difficult circumstances.
Alan Pardew is hoping Newcastle can get a win at Blackburn this Saturday, and it would be the first win for Newcastle, since we hammered West Ham 5-0 early in the year.
The Newcastle manager talked today:
“I got a couple of texts after the Arsenal game saying, ‘Welcome to the north-east’, ‘Welcome to being Newcastle manager’.”
“But I haven’t got this grey hair from not having a few hairy days in the past.” “I have not actually had a day quite like that, but I enjoyed it all the same. It was a great way to end.”
“In your lifetime, you could play another 200 games, 300, 500 games and not be involved in another game like that.”
“It was an amazing, amazing game – but it’s not something that is the highlight of our season.” “It’s been and gone and it’s the next game for us. The next game is a tough game.”
“They are a good side, Blackburn, and that’s what it’s about.”
Newcastle will have to get back to defending well at the back, which they did after Pardew first arrived, but in the first half in the last game, the defense just didn’t turn up – at all.
It’s also important to defend well, when we don’t have too many top strikers available, and we’re not likely to score too many goals – or else that’s the conventional wisdom, but we’ve been impressed by both Best and Ranger recently.
A win is what we are looking for on Saturday, and it would be a terrific 3 points for the club, following the great comeback to get a point against Arsenal last Saturday.
Maybe this is the game where Nile Ranger gets his first ever Premeir League goal.
We probably all need to push on at the Newcastle club, to hopefully bigger and better things.
Howay The Lads!!