Alan Pardew got just 3% of the vote when we listed three managers who could manage Newcastle, so he was hardly a popular appointment.
Alan Pardew – proud to be managing Newcastle United
In fact here is the poll we took on December 7th, just before Pardew was officially appointed as the replacement for Chris Hughton.
Who Do You Like Between These Three Newcastle Candidates?
- Martin Jol (66%, 409 Votes)
- None Of The Above (25%, 154 Votes)
- Alan Pardew (6%, 38 Votes)
- Alan Curbishley (2%, 15 Votes)
Total Voters: 616
The former West Ham and Charlton manager had only managed in London and had a short spell at Southampton, before he was very surprisingly appointed the Newcastle manager.
He was not a popular choice of Newcastle fans, but he did an excellent job of doing everything right once he arrived, and he sympathized with the sacking of Hughton, but there was hardly much he could do about it.
But Alan Pardew has taken to the job much like Chris did, and he even seems to be inspired to do well in the best job he will ever have in football.
And of course this summer is a crucial time for him, owner Mike Ashley and the club, because Newcastle need to strengthen their squad significantly, if we are going to push up that league next season.
This is what Pardew told Sky Sports today, fresh from an excellent display last week by his side, against the mighty Red Devils:
“My appetite was whetted way before then,”
“But the more and more I take games in and get to know the place and understand how it works, the more familiar I am becoming with it.”
“And the more natural the surroundings are becoming to me.” “I am obviously very proud to be the Newcastle manager and I enjoy it immensely.”
The immediate aim for Pardew is to get Newcastle as high up the table as possible, and we would think one of his bonuses is based on where Newcastle finish in the league each season, and then whether the club qualifies for Europe.
His contract is said to be filled with various incentives, based on Newcastle being successful.
And since Newcastle now look safe in the league, Alan will go into top gear in the transfer market, and we suspect Newcastle may even have a couple of free agents signed up, which cannot be announced until the season ends on May 22nd.
Alan talked about Newcastle now being safe, and that it now allows him to do certain things:
“Of course, it helps that,” “You can start talking to people and they can look at us and realistically think we are going to be in the Premier League, which helps.”
We’ve been surprised at how good Alan Pardew has been as a man manager, and he seems to have persuaded Joey Barton to stay on Tyneside.
But the jury is still very much out on the Newcastle manager, as to whether he is the one to bring the great times back to the Newcastle United club.
We hope he is!