Alan Pardew has done very well since he came to Newcastle, under the very unfortunate circumstances when the very popular Chris Hughton had just been sacked.
Alan Pardew – Arsenal turnaround could ignite our season
In fact Alan’s come across as a class act since then, and he’s an excellent communicator and seemingly able to get across to the fans what he is trying to do at the famous club, and there’s no doubt that Alan thinks Newcastle is just massive.
It’s certainly the biggest job Alan will ever have in football, and he knows it.
Newcastle have never been in the relegation fight this season, but there were grave doubts about that when Newcastle were 4-0 down to Arsenal after only 26 minutes.
I wrote a piece at half time about why we all shouldn’t panic, and of course it badly affected our goal difference, which can be worth an extra point in a relegation battle, but after all it was only 3 points lost, and all that good stuff. 😀
Of course that never saw the light of day, after the Magpies came back in what is now a very famous comeback in that second half. What a team!
We were always told at IBM there was big opportunity when things were in turmoil – but that was ridiculous! 😀
And Alan thinks that the recovery – which was full of guts, pride and glory, laid the foundations for what became a good four points in the away games at Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City.
Alan talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
“There was a mood swing – you saw it in the players. They came off the pitch ecstatic with the draw.”“And the Blackburn and Birmingham games were important and set up the next two games for us.”
“OK, against Arsenal it was an amazing day – but we only got one point at home.” “We have four points to show from the other two games away from home.”
“That has put us in a position where the season has been put in the balance. We can’t lose momentum.” “The 45 minutes against Arsenal in the second half established that momentum and we needed it.”
“We’ve got momentum and we need to keep it.” “Look at Villa. They lost momentum this season and almost ended up in the relegation zone.”
“We can’t think for one minute that the same won’t happen to us if we become lax.”
And Alan came out of the Arsenal game looking golden, as we cannot even imagine what it was like for him in that first half, when Newcastle looked all over like a relegations side devoid of skills and fight, and it seemed a case of how many Arsenal wanted to score.
We were angry at what we were seeing, but Alan’s right, that half time talk and the lads’ amazing second half comeback, which is now part of Newcastle folklore, could be the turning point of the season, into a season where we just survive relegation to one in which we can even qualify for Europe.
As an aside, I was interviewed on Israel Sports Radio earlier this week for about 25 minutes, and there were lots of support for that fantastic comeback – the questions were to do with Mike Ashley, Joey Barton, the sale of Andy Carroll, Ben Arfa and one interesting question was what if Ashley sold both Jose Enrique and Cheick Tiote in the summer?
What indeed, because know we are still at the mercy of Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, and we haven’t got a clue what he is thinking of doing in the summer, if truth be told.