Newcastle captain Joey Barton has given a few interviews today, and he seems as positive and as down to earth as ever.
Alan Pardew – as committed as the Newcastle players
So hopefully he will still sign a new contract on Tyneside, because, like Joey Barton, he’s a real leader at the club, and we’ll need him to ensure the new players arriving in the summer, get indoctrinated with Newcastle’s terrific team spirit.
And Kevin has come out and given some insights about manager Alan Pardew, that we haven’t hear before.
This is what Kevin said about Pardew today:
“The drive and desire the Gaffer has, for wanting to take this club forward, matches what we have got in the dressing room.”
“So we are just hoping now that he gets the resources to make sure he can better us and keep moving us on year by year.”
There were a couple of shocks last season from owner Mike Ashley.
The first one was when he surprisingly sacked manager Chris Hughton in early December, with the side in 11th place – one place higher than they finished up the season in, and that was hardly received well by the players.
And the second shock was when Mike allowed Andy Carroll to leave in January, after the manager was telling everybody who would listen to him that Andy was going nowhere.
Kevin admits the Chris Hughton sacking was not well received by the Newcastle players:
“Everyone was very unhappy with the treatment of Chris and how it went down, but the fact is the owners had a job to do and they thought they could get someone in who was going to take the club forward,”
“You have got to respect those decisions and, as players, all we have got to do is make sure we are right for the new manager coming in, and that was the be all and end all of it.”
“I spoke to Alan – it was very well documented that he came to see me the day he took the job and he was introduced to the press and to the fans.”
“He came to see me at my house, which I thought was a great move, just to come and see what the players were about.”
“I did reassure him then that he was not going to have any backlash, because there were things in the papers that players were going to down tools and things.”
“We had worked too hard to get where we were at that point and we weren’t going to let a press report or things like that get in our way.”
It looks like Alan is a top man, and certainly the reports I got from Southampton supporters last year said he got on really well with both the players and the fans down there.
We must say the players and Alan himself handled the changeover to the new manager like real professionals, and that was just great to see.
And of course we whipped Liverpool 3-1 in that first game with Alan in charge, although the Londoner refused to take any credit for that win, and gave all the credit to the players.
We will not know how well Newcastle have done in the transfer market, until September rolls around and the transfer window is over.
However, it appears Newcastle are already engaged in bringing a number of good players to Newcastle, and have even had an early success by agreeing terms with Lille’s French International midfielder Johan Cabaye.
From that viewpoint things are looking quite good at the moment.
Howay The Lads!!