As somebody who wrote last December that Alan Pardew had nothing in his past that qualified him one little bit to become the new Newcastle manager, I am obviously very well qualified to talk about how Newcastle are doing under the 50 year-old former West Ham boss.
Alan Pardew – doing well this season – so far
Alan Pardew has proved in the time he has been manager at Newcastle – around ten months – that he has a lot of the qualities good managers must have to be successful in which is always a difficult job – managing Newcastle United.
Alan seems very good with his players and is able to inspire them – one case in point being his half time talk last February when Newcastle were 4-0 down and being mauled by Arsenal – and that will live in the Newcastle annals forever.
How did he do that, and what exactly did he say or not say at halftime, and what did he actually throw at which player?
Pardew is also a decent tactician, and seems able to read games well, and Newcastle have usually been much better in the second half of their games, once Pardew has seen how the other team is playing, and how he needs to adjust the play to have Newcastle be more successful.
Pardew also has a very good name in the way he brings along the youngsters, which is a vital part of Newcastle’s future with the new Youth Policy, which actually seems to be paying good dividends.
And Alan is not unlike his predecessor Chris Hughton, in that he is calm when Newcastle win and just as calm when they lose, because it helps to have a balanced approach to the job of a football manager.
We are hardly getting carried away with the good start Newcastle have made this season, with four wins and three draws in the first seven games, but if Newcastle can beat Blackburn on Saturday, the side will have 12 points from their first 6 league games and be in the top four in the league – still.
With that average of 2 points a game, Newcastle would finish up with 76 points from their 38 league games, and that would have got second place last season in the league, but we are not expecting the good results to continue.
And what does the good start to the season mean?
It means Newcastle will be about 28 points away from safety, with a decent chance to survive this season in the Premier League, and start again next August in the best league in the world.
As we said, we are not getting carried away, like in days of old, tell me about it!
But we are nevertheless willing to be very surprised about how well Newcastle fare this season, very willing indeed.
Howay The Lads!!