Newcastle famously beat Liverpool 3-1 at St. James’ Park in Alan Pardew’s first game in charge on 11th December.
Alan Pardew – I’ll never forget the Liverpool game – ever
And Alan has come out today and said he will never forget that day, for the atmosphere at St. James’ Park and his first win as Newcastle manager – as long as he lives.
Pardew admits that since he arrived things have been very much the same as before he arrived, with Alan having a very similar record in the league to what Chris had in the first half of the season.
In Alan Pardew’s very first game in charge, Newcastle thumped Liverpool, by a score of 3-1 and the Liverpool defense had no answer that day to Andy Carroll.
That was under their former manager Roy Hodgson, who was sacked in January and replaced by former Newcastle manager Kenny Dalglish.
Maybe that’s why they came after him with a massive £35M bid in January and got the player to Merseyside.
Alan talked about that first game as Newcastle manager, when fans were hardly happy at the dismissal of former manager Chris Hughton:
“It was a game I will never forget as long as I live.” “The atmosphere was great.”
“And it came on the back of the way I was bought into the club when people were doubting my ability.”
“It was important for myself, the team and the people at the club to get a win.” “It was also important for the fans that I got off to a good start.”
We were some of those who very much doubted Alan’;s ability but whatever happens with Alan at Newcastle, it’s hard to think anybody could have handled the situation better than he did when he first arrived at Newcastle.
With no official from the club explaining exactly why Hughton was sacked Alan showed a lot of courage in his very first interview when he had to handle questions he should never have had to answer – to do with why Chris had been fired.
But he was simply terrific in that interview, and again he showed a lot of personal courage in going into the Lion’s den with the local reporters.
And he’s been good at letting the fans know what’s going on, and what he wants to do with the club, and from what we’ve seen, he seems to be on the right track.
But we all know this summer is such an important transfer market for Newcastle, and if all goes well the squad will be significantly strengthened with the help of the £35M secured from the Andy Carroll sale.