We’ve been quite impressed with the positive way in which Alan Pardew is trying to move the Newcastle club forward.
Alan Pardew – job is to move Newcastle froward
That’s sometimes hard to do when you have a difficult owner, who doesn’t want to spend too much money, even when Mike Ashley seems to have plenty of it to spend, but rather than going in the huff about things, Alan has come out today, and says he only wants to move the club forward.
As half expected, Alan didn’t want to talk too much about the inability of the Board to bring in a new striker that had been promised, but Pardew and the coaching staff have got to make do with the squad they have right now, at least until January.
And in truth, it’s not too bad a squad really, with some very decent players being acquired over the summer.
Add to that the tremendous team spirit that still exists on Tyneside, and there is hope, even some real hope for optimism, even after the huge failure of last week.
The news a week ago was that the Newcastle manager was a more than a frustrated figure, after the transfer window slammed shut at 11:00 pm last Friday evening, with Newcastle still still being short of a top striker.
But Alan handled himself very professionally, and let it be known to the Newcastle Board that he was not at all happy, that they had again failed to get a new striker in, which he had been promised.
But the way Alan handled himself meant that nothing got to the gossip press, well not much anyway, much to the chagrin of the press we may add.
Whether Alan was able to get any promises from the Board about January we don’t know, but it was an opportunity to shake them up a little, and let them know sometimes they have to pay out a little extra on transfer fees, to get the right target.
But to refuse to pay a little extra out, even after Newcastle got an amazing £35M for Andy Carroll, is simply inexcusable.
Newcastle probably got as much as £20M more than Andy Carroll was really worth last January, and therefore they could have afforded to pay a little over the odds, for their top targets, but they stubbornly refused to do that, and they failed to get in the top striker the club needs.
After last week’s frustrations, Pardew was asked if he had any message for the Newcastle fans, and this is what he said today:
“We hope they support us in the same manner they always do.” “They have been brilliant for us. That helps massively away from home. They are loud and noisy and that helps the team.”
“We hope that we give them a performance that is going to give them a lift after missing out on the transfer window striker that we all wanted.”
“We’ve still got a better squad than we finished with last year.” “Even without the signing of a striker on deadline day.”
“I don’t want to go into that too much. But I just think we have started well, and players are playing well.” “We have players in form and we need to keep moving forward.”
“We want to continue our good start.’ “I think it’s important that we understand that they will be buoyed by the new signings and there will be a little bit of optimism around the place.”
“We have to make sure we counter that – because that enthusiasm could drive them to a win. We need to match it.”
It may be that Alan Pardew has gained some fresh respect from Newcastle fans, simply because of the way he has handled himself over the last week, when he had every right to be furious with the seemingly inept Newcastle Board.
But Alan is a pragmatist, and he knows the best thing he can do at Newcastle is to keep winning games – and that’s what he aims to do.
Sounds very good to us.
Howay The lads!!