Just a terrific interview in the local press from Alan Pardew today, where the talks about going out on Saturday night to celebrate Steve Stone’s 40th Birthday and of course that Sunderland win.
Alan Pardew – at the game Saturday
And he has talked about the passion that exists in Newcastle for football, and even admits he doesn’t even understand what John Carver says sometimes.
Alan Pardew has today rightly dedicated Newcastle’s derby victory to the club’s fans, which let’s face it, it’s what makes Newcastle the special club it is – there are no fans in the world quite like Newcastle fans.
When you are brought up in the City of football passion (that’s Newcastle by the way), it’s hard not to be a Newcastle United fan, because it’s indoctrinated into you, almost from birth.
I still have fond memories when I was maybe three or four, of my Dad coming home from a game, picking my mother up and giving her a big kiss – Newcastle had won the game.
Once I was around four my Dad took me to most of the games, and of course I was naturally interested in all sports, but particularly football, and wasn’t Jackie Milburn fast!
The news is that Alan had a bit of a hangover yesterday morning, so that will go down well with the Newcastle fans, most of whom would have been in the same predicament.
And the Newcastle manager was rightly delighted to be able to get a win for the city of football passion:
“It’s a passionate place,” “Whether it is something negative like ‘sign a striker Pardew’ or whatever, like that great comeback result against Arsenal, whatever – you just sense the passion, and you have got to love that.”
“I have been at clubs who don’t have that. They just don’t have it. It’s an ingredient you try to install in your team, but you get it from the terraces at times. Here it is generated by our city. Wherever the players go they will be reminded of this city.”
“I went out on Saturday night – it was Steve Stone’s 40th birthday and he owed me a drink! This win is brilliant for me and my staff. We are quite close knit. John Carver thinks he has done about 12 of these games and he was like a little boy.”
“I didn’t even understand what he was saying some of the time. He was just so emotionally involved. Micky Holland our masseur, he has worked at Sunderland and has Newcastle tattoos everywhere – those people, I understand it more from them than anyone else.”
We’ve been surprisingly impressed with Alan since he joined Newcastle last December, although he has gone though a number of crises in his short time at the club, but he’s very smart to have ensured Newcastle have local coaches working with him.
Appointing John Carver as his Assistant Manager was a master stroke, even if he cannot understand what John says sometimes.
Now we want two top players in at left back and striker, and given the youngsters we now have at the club like Mehdi Abeid, Haris Vuckic, Shane Ferguson, Tamas Kadar (is he injured?), Sammy Ameobi and James Tavernier, it may be the squad is even stronger than last season.
We’ll know for sure in a short 10 days time.
Howay The Lads!!