When you are manager of Newcastle United, you can expect your fair share of criticism, however well or badly the team is doing.
Alan Pardew – massive opportunity for him on Tyneside
And Alan Pardew has had plenty of criticism since he arrived last December, and a number of fans still haven’t yet made their minds up about the former West Ham, Charlton, Reading and Southampton manager.
Since we expected nothing from Alan when he was appointed manager, we’ve been pleasantly surprised at how he’s handled himself in the Newcastle manager position so far.
But he’s also made mistakes, and we’ll see if he’s learned yet that you should never talk in explicit terms – like Andy Carroll will not be sold, or we are definitively getting a new striker in, or that all of the £35M will be reinvested into the club.
Those three examples have lost him some trust with supporters..
And those three things were also largely the decisions of the Newcastle Board, and Alan will have learned they don’t always do what they say they will, that’s been true over the last four years, too many times unfortunately.
The manager was asked if criticism affects him at the club:
“I’m afraid I can’t determine that.” “All I can do is the best job I can.” “The signing of players at this club is not my job. The targeting of players is.”
“The players that we targeted were sanctioned by me.” “One or two of them have already been great for this football club, from what I’ve seen.”
“We wanted to get two or three of them over the line and we have – now we have to carry on getting results with the players we have got.”
“If the fans are singing my name or express some kind of gratitude then it is icing on the cake for me.” “The most important job is that I send them home with a win – I don’t care whose name is being chanted as long as we win.”
“Myself and my staff are very focused on QPR at the moment.”
Alan Pardew is not unlike Chris Hughton in a number of ways, both are Londoners and they seem to be inspired being manager of Newcastle.
Pardew knows, like Chris Hughton before him, that if he can bring some success to the club, he will be forever remembered by the fans.
Chris Hughton pulled off that miracle a couple of years ago, and got the club promoted back to the Premier League at the first attempt, and then did very well through the initial Premier League last season.
Of course with the Newcastle Board we have at the moment, those achievements got him sacked, but the Board are a law unto themselves, as we’ve found out.
Don’t forget that even before Mike Ashley, the great Bobby Robson was sacked at Newcastle in 2004 by Freddy Shepherd, because 5th place just wasn’t good enough.
And the club have never been close to that position since, (we were 7th in 2006 under Glenn Roeder), and were in constant decline since Bobby left until two years ago, when Chris Hughton came in and got the job done.
Those magical 18 months under Chris Hughton will be remembered down the ages, and Chris Hughton brought some success to the club, and the fans will never ever forget him because of what he did on Tyneside.
The same opportunity now exists at Newcastle for Alan Pardew, and he knows it.
Howay The Lads!!