It seems that Manchester United legendary manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, has advised Newcastle manager, Alan Pardew, not to get too stereotyped as a London manager— if he wants to be successful on Tyneside.
Alan Pardew – keen to be a success on Tyneside
We’ve been pleasantly surprised by Alan since he arrived on Tyneside, because we didn’t rate him one little bit as a manager when he first arrived. Given that evaluation, we suppose the only way was up for Alan and that’s what he’s done.
And we’ll never forget what Alan did last Saturday, when he rallied the troops at half time, for that simply sensational comeback that all but demolished Arsenal, and made news around the world.
When the going gets tough – the tough get going – and that was so true of the manager and Newcastle team last week – and of course Arsenal wilted under pressure, complaining the Newcastle players were actually touching them. 😀
Pardew seems to know the game a lot more than we thought he did, and one huge positive about the man is that he’s a very good man-manager and will be great for the youngsters at the Newcastle club.
So he’s got a number of good qualities that we didn’t know much about when he first arrived, and that’s good.
Pardew talked to the Sunday Mirror and Sunday Sun today:
“I’ve spent my entire career in the south, in and around London. Sir Alex Ferguson said to me I had to get out of London to enhance my career because people saw me as a London manager.”
“That was in my mind when I took the Southampton job and obviously when I came up here as well. It’s a completely different environment and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself, even if it has been tough some times.”
“Of course, it is important to put down roots in this part of the world. I am renting a house at the moment.” “But once we get to the summer I’ll start looking at what sort of property is going to work for me.”
“I’m under no illusions about the size of this job.” “And if you are going to work hard at a football club you need to be around it.”
One thing Pardew has literally been completely shocked with, is the football passion he has experienced on Tyneside, and that as much as anything can inspire this man, as it did Chris Hughton before him, to be a successful manager for Newcastle.
We hope that will turn out to be the case, and of course he laid into his players last Saturday against Arsenal for not turning up in front of 51,000 fans – and that to him was simply unacceptable. That in itself is a very good sign.
“The thing that comes across in Newcastle is the genuine passion of the fan — on match-day and Monday to Friday when you bump into them. “It is unique.”
“Management of yourself is difficult at this football club. “I don’t really get as much time for myself and my family as I would like. That is the responsibility of this job.”
“I am new to it and probably doing too much at times when I should be delegating.” “The Newcastle fan doesn’t genuinely feel they know me. They’re probably still undecided as to what I am about.”
“Is he honest? Hard working? What is he? So when you get something that goes as badly wrong as that first half against Arsenal they are going to voice that unease.”
“I don’t think what happened with those leaving before the end — it would be nice to send them a DVD of the whole match — and things being said to the manager was unusual.”
“It’s a passionate game and comes with good and bad.” “Only time can buy me the respect of the real Newcastle fan. That is all I am working towards.”
“What I am confident about is that the vision I have got for the club will be backed by the chairman.” “Only what happens in the summer will back that up.”
As we’ve said many times before, we want every Newcastle manager to be successful because then the club is successful.
And while we didn’t rate Alan before he arrived on Tyneside, we hope he proves us completely wrong, and turns Newcastle into a powerful and successful team again.
We’re not into being right about Alan, we want Newcastle to be successful, that’s all we want – it’s all very simple really.
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