Chris Hughton was inspired when he got the Newcastle manager job a short 20 months ago, and we think the same thing is happening to Alan Pardew.
Alan Pardew – made good start to Newcastle career
As we’ve said before, Alan has made an impressive start to being Newcastle manager, and he seems determined to be in the job for a long time, as his intention is to settle on Tyneside, and buy a new home.
And in the last two games, the lads have simply dominated the games against Blackburn and Birmingham, and got 4 points, although we deserved to win both games.
In 9 days time, the lads will have a chance to beat the side directly above us by a single point in the league, Bolton Wanderers, and jump above them and hopefully also get closer to Sunderland, who are just two points above us.
Newcastle have become a very organized side over the last month or so, and it’s good coaching that does that, so the plaudits go to Alan, John Carver and the rest of the coaching staff, for drilling the lads so well in training, because it’s starting to show up on match days.
I’ve just watched the Birmingham game for the umpteenth time, and it’s clear the players know what they have to do at every single juncture, and that’s great to see. You talk about being well organized!
Alan has been completely blown away by the passion that is Newcastle United, and he has already participated and played his part in one miracle on Tyneside already, the amazing comeback against top side Arsenal.
And Arsenal beat one of the world’s best sides – Barcelona 2-1 last night – in a game that was simply a joy to watch. Yes, we remember well when Newcastle beat Barcelona 3-2 at St. James’ Park in European competition, in September of 1997 to be exact, when Kenny Dalglish was the manager.
If any players don’t want to have a high work-rate at Newcastle (why does Laurent Robert come to mind?), just show them how Barcelona play the game, and look at the work Lionel Messi puts in when Barcelona don’t have the ball, it’s just phenomenal to watch.
This is what Alan Pardew had to say recently, about the very famous Newcastle United fans:
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
If Newcastle can beat Bolton in our next game, the feel-good factor will fast be returning to Tyneside, and then we basically have a game every weekend through the end of the season.
That’s a full week to prepare for every single game, and with injured players coming back quickly, who knows – we could even end up much higher in the table, than we ever imagined possible last August.
If we can do that it will be a second fantastic seaosn in a row for the Newcastle United club. 😀
Howay The Lads!!