It’s quite clear that Alan Pardew is still coming to terms with the ever passionate Geordie fans, and it seems the Londoner just cannot quite come to terms with what the club means to those fans.
The truth is – it’s their lives – so yes – it’s important!
Alan Pardew – still coming to terms with Geordie passion
Alan talked today to the local Evening Chronicle:
“They’re crazy about their club and their team, and there’s a responsibility that comes with that, but I can’t think too much about that as I wouldn’t sleep at night!”
“I just try to put it to one side and enjoy it.” “I know how much pain there is when we don’t win.”
That’s a great line there about if he thought about what it meant to the fans when we don’t win he just wouldn’t sleep at night.
It was good to see several of the Newcastle players throw their shorts into the crowd at the end of the game on Saturday, and of course the passionate support makes a huge difference to the players – a huge difference – and that’s worth a few points in the season, to be sure.
So any fans who attend the away games reading this, we applaud you – because you are simply the life blood of the famous Tyneside club.
We really believe that Alan Pardew has been more than a little astonished at the passion that is Tyneside, and is now really determined to bring success to the Newcastle club, which hasn’t won a top trophy for 42 years. 🙁
And Liverpool are having a hard time of it?
We hoped that John Henry had bought Newcastle, because there were many similarities between the Boston Red Sox and Newcastle – great clubs with tremendous fan backing – who hadn’t won a major trophy for ages.
The Red Sox hadn’t won the World Series since 1918 – yes – even worse than Newcastle – but they have since won it twice, in 2004 and 2007.
A little hint to Alan for next season – play our first team in the Carling Cup! 😀
“It’s mad.” ” Before the game at Blackburn, we went past a pub, and there were 2,000 Geordies.”“You’d think it was an FA Cup semi-final – it was amazing, and it really boosted us.”
“They contributed to the start we made.” “We talked about it, and said we had to make sure we didn’t start like we did against Arsenal.” “The fans played their part in that.” “It’s proper mad, but in a good way.”
Newcastle seem to be in fine spirits after they have recovered from losing Andy Carroll and win tonight will bring the feel-good factor rushing back to Newcastle.
We were unlucky on Saturday, but with the same performance tonight, surely we’ll get just a little bit of luck, and the win?
Alan continued that he’d probably start the same team as on Saturday:
“We’re the same group, same team and same bench probably – no changes.”
“The guys are in good spirits. We’re in good shape, we felt we should have won, but we’re not despondent about it. If we can produce the same level at Birmingham, there’s a good chance we can win the game.”
“They’re a difficult team to break down. They don’t explode at home, they play a very structured game, and that makes it difficult to hurt them.”
The players and Alan know that they will make the Newcastle fans almost ecstatic with a win tonight, and that’s what we are all hoping for.