Alan Pardew seems to be happy enough with the way the squad is taking shape this summer.
Alan Pardew happy with the five players he’s signed this summer – five?
And Alan is right to say Newcastle looks to have five new players this summer, since Dan Gosling and Hatem Ben Arfa between them made a low 5 first team appearances last season.
And they will be just as new as Yohan Cabaye, Sylvain Marveaux and Demba Ba are next season for the side.
Both have now recovered from long-term and serious injuries, and it would be really great to see both youngsters do well next season. In fact if they both do well, then Newcastle will probably do very well too – and that would be terrific.
Newcastle fans are excited by the skills galore shown by the 24 year-old French Intentional, but Dan Gosling is also very highly rated at the club, and was more than a good player at Everton.
This is what Alan Pardew, who is preparing to welcome back the squad on American Independence day, had to say today:
“I am really pleased with the way the squad is taking shape. I’m excited.” “You could say we have got five new players who we didn’t have last year.”
“We have obviously lost Kevin Nolan, but we have gained Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux – and then there is Hatem Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling.”
“Hatem could be the best signing if he stays fit all year, and we are looking forward to seeing what Dan can do as well.”
Alan is a positive and down-to-earth guy, and that no doubt will stand him in great stead, for what will be a challenging time as Newcastle manager, to say the least.
The 18 months Chris Hughton spent in the job on Tyneside, seems to have given him some great experience, and the way he handled his initial press conferences at Birmingham with such aplomb, he seemed to be so confident, and even appeared a seasoned pro at management.
Well there’s nothing quite like the Newcatsle United manager job to toughen any manager up, and that seems to have done the job with Chris Hughton, although he always handled the Newcastle job well, and it never seemed to get to him.
It seems to have done the Stratford, London born former Irish International full back the world of good, even though he was so unfairly dismissed.
But Chris took that like he did the Newcastle job in general – as a perfect gentleman with great dignity – and we give great credit to the 52 year-old for all he did at Newcastle.
Chris Hughton is the salt of the earth, and we’re not embarrassed to keep saying that, because it’s true
And that toughening up will be going on with current manager Alan Pardew too, although Alan is a lot more experienced than Chris was, when Chris took over the Magpies’ job two years ago.
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