As expected Alan Pardew has today talked to the Newcastle press corps again.
Carver and Pardew and other coaches have done great job on team spirit
That follows a body blow to the Newcastle manager, when the Newcastle Board failed in their task to bring in top level striker last week, to replace the departed young local star striker, Andy Carroll.
But the surprising thing, and one that is certainly welcomed, is that the manager and coaches at Newcastle, to their immense credit, have instilled a great team spirit among the players.
And that has been evident in Newcastle being able to get three wins and a draw in their first four games this season. with all four games being difficult.
Fans have rightly been a little furious that the famous number 9 shirt is still vacant on Tyneside, with the major goal of the transfer window being to get in a striker good enough to be given that most famous Newcastle shirt.
But, as we now know, it just didn’t happen, and shame on the Board for not getting the job done this summer.
But life and Newcastle move on, and Alan Pardew was upbeat as he talked to the local press today:
“We have everybody pulling in the same direction and it’s something they can’t take away from us.” “No matter how much bad publicity we have or negativity there is around the place, we still have great team spirit.”
“That is what we will take to QPR.” “Joey will add some spice to the occasion, there’s no doubt about it. But nobody knows Joey’s strengths better than us.”
“We will make sure we try to look after him the best we can.” “We have been smart for three games. We need to take that smartness to QPR.”
“We have played each game in a different manner and we have came away with three great results. That is always important.” “It’s important that we have a good game plan and that everybody is focused on it.”
As we have found out over the last two seasons, which after all have been successful, team spirit is a huge factor at Newcastle.
And it means that games are never lost, not even when you are 4-0 down after 26 minutes at home, all is not lost.
And we all witnessed that, in the way the Newcastle side fought back magnificently to get a memorable 4-4 draw in that game against Arsenal in February, which will long live in the memory of Newcastle fans, and others too.
With top players Carroll, Nolan, Enrique and Barton all having left the club this year, we were more than a little concerned that the team spirit on Tyneside would suffer.
But it is very good news indeed that that has not happened, and now the only thing that’s important is the next game at QPR, and we have to think we are in with at least a decent chance of getting a fourth win on the trot at Loftus Road.
That cannot be too bad.
Howay The Lads!!