Kevin Nolan has come out today, and waxed lyrical about the Newcastle team, but he also gives a huge compliment to new manager Alan Pardew.
Kevin Nolan – the Newcastle captain in action last night
Certainly Alan Pardew has been close to brilliant, in the way he has come into the Newcastle job, and done most things right, in fact almost everything right, and didn’t upset the apple cart in any way – and he deserves great credit for that.
And one thing that Alan is very good at, and which Chris Hughton, bless his heart, will never be good at, is talking to the media.
Alan seems to say just about enough about what’s going on, to make everybody happy enough, and he’s careful about what he says – and in short he’s simply a very good communicator.
Alan is also calm and grounded most of the time, but the memory we will always have of Alan, whatever happens in the future – is his punching the air after Cheick Tiote’s brilliant and emotional equalizer in that unbelievable 4-4 draw with Arsenal.
Take our word for it that Newcastle United made friends around the world for their guts and courage in that game.
Nolan talked about the recent performances of the Newcastle side:
“We followed up a fantastic performance on Saturday with another one,” “I’m absolutely delighted with it. We got a couple of goals, and looked confident and solid.”
“I think we bossed the game from start to finish. It always helps when you get that early goal.” “I think they only had one chance all game, which shows what we’ve been working hard on.”
“I’m just delighted to get the three points. Four points out of the six – happy days.” “People keep looking at the opposition, but I like to give credit to what we do.”
“What the gaffer’s been working on has been fantastic.”
That’s an interesting last comment, but it looks to us that Alan Pardew is turning out to be a really good coach, as Newcastle have completely bossed the last two games, and away from home too.
Things right now auger well for the future of the Newcastle club, and we just have to hope that owner Mike Ashley backs Alan in the summer transfer window.
It seems clear now that is just exactly what Pardew wants to do, build a great new Newcastle side, because he’s already seen the fantastic potential there is with the team he has only just inherited.
We sure hope so!