We’ve thought ever since Alan Pardew came to Newcastle, that he was somewhat similar to Chris Hughton.
Alan Pardew – growing into the job at Newcastle
Both managers seem to have realized how lucky they are (were) to be manager of Newcastle United, a club that has had no success at all since 1969, but is still one of the best supported clubs in football.
Chris seemed to be inspired when he took over the club in the summer of 2009 following relegation, when it was at one of its lowest points for many a year, and he worked night and day to give the fans some success.
And success is what gentleman Chris Hughton gave the club, as the team gained a massive 102 points in their promotion season from the Championship, and gave the fans something to celebrate.
And Chris did well in the Premier League too, and it will always be a bit of a mystery why the Londoner was sacked, but Mike Ashley seems to be a law unto himself, so who knows why Chris was sacked?
But Chris Hughton did a great job for Newcastle, and the fans will never forget that.
And it seems to us that Alan Pardew is going in the same direction as Chris, and it’s just a little bit unbelievable that the side, at least at the time of writing this article, are in 4th place in the league.
And it’s been their best start to a Premier League season since way back in 1995, and they looked a good side yesterday at Villa Park.
While Newcastle missed out badly in not bringing in a top striker in the summer, the club’s other buys seems to have been good ones and bargains too.
Newcastle brought in Yohan Cabaye, Mehdi Abeid, Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan and Davide Santon for a total cost of around £14M, and most of those signings look to be good ones at the moment.
With Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Joey Barton having departed in the summer, Newcastle had a small outlay of maybe around £2M in net transfer fees in the summer, but of course we’ll not even mention the £35M we recived for Andy Carroll in January, so there’s transfer money available.
To be brutally honest, we thought Alan Pardew would be utterly hopeless at Newcastle, and thought when he was appointed in December that it was just a terrible appointment.
But Alan has proved us dead wrong, and he’s done very well at the Tyneside club so far, and he has a lot of positives we didn’t even realize he had, when he was appointed.
He’s good with the players, a decent tactition, and just an excellent man-manager, which is so important when you have to bring through the youngsters.
We’ll not get carried away, and we still don’t know if Newcastle are as good as they look by their league position, but we’ll be very happy if Alan keeps surprising us, on the upside.
And it would be great, really great, if Mike Ashley makes up for the huge mistake in the summer transfer window, by funding say three new players in the January transfer window, especially if Newcastle continue their high position through the end of the year.
We’ll be hoping (and praying).