Alan Pardew – Football Like A Religion At Newcastle

Given that only 2% of the fans in a poll we ran just before he arrived, thought that Alan Pardew would be a good choice as Newcastle manager, Alan Pardew has made a good start to his Newcastle career.

Alan Pardew – done well at Newcastle so far

The former Reading, West Ham United, Charlton and Southampton manager arrived on Tyneside, when most fans were furious that owner Mike Ashley had only just fired Chris Hughton, who last season had got the side promoted at their very first attempt from the Championship, and even had the team in 11th place in the Premier League, and that was after a bad string of results.

But Alan held his first press conference at Newcastle, completely alone, and was left to explain the firing of Chris Hughton, and of course he had nothing to do with that, but it seems that Derek LLambias was less than willing to face the press (the music?), and explain what they had just done.

And then less than two weeks ago Alan was again sent out to face the press and explain this time, how come Andy Carroll was sold to Liverpool for £35M, with again no help from Managing Director Derek LLambias, and we’ll not even mention Mike Ashley.

Mike Ashley has a policy of never speaking to Newcastle fans, and why he does that and keeps silent on all matters, we have absolutely no idea, but the communication from Mike to the fans, has always been abysmal. It just doesn’t work and never has.

Pardew did very well in both those press conferences, and at least showed that he has significant courage and then last Saturday of course he must have delivered the mother of all half-time team talks, when he laid into his players for their non performance in the first half against Arsenal.

They were 4-0 down after only 25 minutes, and that half time revival talk helped produce the greatest comeback in PL history.

Our lads, to their enormous credit,  stormed back to 4-4, and the equalizer was the goal of the season from Chieck Tiote, with just 3 minutes to play in normal time.

Pardew was asked whether he thought he was now accepted on Tyneside:

“I don’t like ‘accepted’ or ‘not accepted’. I hope the fans understand that I have tried to be honest and I am working as hard as I can.”

“As a football manager, especially at a club where football is almost like a religion, you would expect that from your manager, and that’s what I am offering.”

There was a terrific shot of Pardew punching the air in wild delight, after Tiote hit his  unbelievable equalizer, and certainly this week has seen praise galore dumped on the Newcastle players and Alan himself, for such a remarkable turnaround. Arsenal have had bad press, which they thoroughly deserved.

Alan did celebrate on Saturday night on the Quayside, but with just a couple of beers – he was so tired after such an emotional game:

“I was too tired to have a night out. I had two beers and retired to Match of the Day – which I enjoyed.”

It was a good point last Saturday, under the circumstances, but the next few games are going to be so important to see which clubs will end up fighting relegation.

Newcastle are now just 5 points above the drop zone, with a tough game this afternoon at Blackburn Rovers, who are just one place below the Magpies, in the league table.

Alan continued:

“It’s one of those periods of the season where because of the results last week, it has brought us all together and it’s now, ‘What’s going to happen?'”

“The next two or three games, you are either going to get away from it and get yourselves maybe fighting for Europe, or you are going to find yourselves in a real dogfight, which I think it is going to be.”

“It’s probably very dangerous to put a figure on that because it looks like being a bit of a freak season.” “I wouldn’t like to put a figure on that. What is important, though, is that we stay where we are and not get involved in that.”

“The next four or five games are very important.”

Newcastle have Blackburn this afternoon followed by Birmingham next Tuesday night away, and then two weeks today we have a home game against Bolton.On the Saturdays following  Bolton, we have Everton at home and Stoke City away.

All these games could be won by Newcastle, but exactly how many points we pick up from the 15 at stake, will determine whether we’ll have a comfortable end to the season in mid-table, or whether we’ll be in a  relegation scrap

We’re hoping for the former.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • andre29

    Feb 12, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Blackburn vs Newcastle STREAM

  • DarloGeordie

    Feb 12, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #2

    3 important games, 9 points earned, security in the EPL signed, sealed and delivered…. job done

  • stuckdownsouth

    Feb 12, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #3

    Just about to set off. Didn’t want him but he is winning me over!

    Some one here will never accept him though……shame!

  • ToonZiga

    Feb 12, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #4

    He is winning me over too, he is nice guy and he certainly plays attractive football.

  • leedodd

    Feb 12, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #5

    He has Hit the Nail On The head Religion In The North East is Not as Important as Newcastle United- How many Fans would go to Church on a Sunday in Newcastle ?? 51000 ?? So far Alan Pardew has Been Ok He has just got to show he is on our Side and Not Ashleys Puppet !!!!! Keep us safe and get some Good Players in in The Summer and he will Be fine. If we can Be safe in The League By The Bolton Game or Even The Everton Game That Will Me Target Acheived.

  • IrishMagpie

    Feb 12, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #6

    None of these games are easy, be delighted with 5 points from the 3 games.

    I wasn’t impressed with Pardew when he replaced Chris ( whom i thought should’ve been kept anyway ) but i have to admit i’m very happy with the way he has the team playing now.

    I believe that despite what you think of a manager or player before they come to the club, once they’re here you have to get behind them, give them your full support and hope they do their absolute best for the club. We can’t ask any more than that.

  • Spotlight Kid

    Feb 12, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #7

    And like all religions it’s all smoke and mirrors and lotsa money being ripped out of supporters on the vague promise of a trophy/afterlife at some point (some hope at SJP!!). What a pratt Pardew is, he’d make a good vicar with the crap he spouts.

    We’ll probably get thumped today as well…

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 12, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #8

    so 2% of us supported his appointment – and I wasn’t one of them. But has his support increased? without a doubt – it must be somewhere between twice and ten times as much – that is 4% – 20% – and I’m still not one of them

  • AndyMac

    Feb 12, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #9

    Me neither smn9. His career was on the slide after he left West Ham and two sackings later what exactly was it that Laurel and Hardy saw in him to convince them he could replace Hughton ?

  • coolcatcarter89

    Feb 12, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #10

    Guys, people learn, he’s had a lot of time to reflect on his career. This is his big shot, he’s wholly aware of that, he’s taking a level-headed approach, has the passion and determination to do well, could be the making of the man – let’s hope it is and roar him and the players on!! HWTL 😀

  • bills-son

    Feb 12, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #11

    Bottom line is Pardew doesn’t have to win over the fans quickly – it was players he had to win over quickly.

    And it is clear that he has + clear that he can give them a boot up the rs and get a positive reaction not a negative one.

    I’m happy with Pardew and those who say they hate him, he’s a lying puppet etc., etc., etc., are pillocks.


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