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.
“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.