The difficulties that Carlos Tevez and former Newcastle center-back Titus Bramble have got themselves into this week, have focused attention on today’s modern footballer.
Alan Pardew – looking up on Tyneside
But it seems that Alan Pardew knows all about footballer’s indiscretions, and he seems to have dealt with quite a few during his time as a manager, and we all know Alan is doing his very best to put a certain youngster called Nile Ranger back on the straight and narrow at Newcastle at the moment.
Footballers have to watch their behavior off the field and represent their club all the time, and as he has told Nile Ranger multiple times – it’s not just what a player does on the pitch that is important.
Pardew talked about off field activities:
“You have sometimes got to be smart enough to know that it goes around, and conflict and off-field activity will stain us, I am sure, this year.”
“The way the media is, the way society is, you can almost expect it to happen, so it is just about making sure you keep those incidents to a minimum, that you try to instil in the players a discipline about their role at the football club.”
“It is not just playing, it is about representing the club, and Nile Ranger is finding out at the moment how difficult that can be.” “You have always got somebody going through one of those periods.”
Alan Pardew is rightly delighted at the way he has managed to form a great team spirit and work ethic at the Newcastle club as the Magpies have made an excellent start to the season.
But Pardew is a down to earth guy, and football is a team game and the team and the club are so much more important than any one player.
That’s almost been proved this year at Newcastle, when the club have arguably lost their best four players in Carroll, Nolan, Enrique and Barton and yet have ended up with a better team, and certainly a much stronger squad, following the summer transfer window.
Alan Pardew is clear that the group is the most important thing at any club:
“It just goes to show you, it is not about one or two players or even three players, it’s about the group,”
“The staff have all been here a long time. When I arrived, some of the staff members had been here about 15 years – we had gone through about five people like me, maybe six, even – so they have great experience of how to keep an even keel.”
“I have enjoyed working with them. That group has been together a long time and that is part of it.” “It’s also the standards we set on the training ground and on the pitch, and what we will accept and won’t accept in terms of behaviour. It all adds to the spirit.”
“Certainly, the foundations were laid and put down by the likes of Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and people like that because team spirit is important to those types of players.” “It’s a trait that if you are a Newcastle player, you need to have.”
“If you were looking at the game on form, yes, we should win the game, but the Premier League throws the form book out of the window at times.”
“Wolves are the type that upset that with their work-rate and their commitment to the cause. They have got good players in there, so it is a difficult game.”
Alan Pardew came to Tyneside with the Newcastle fans quite underwhelmed at his appointment. Fact!
But he’s done as well as anybody could have possibly imagined, in the short 10 months he’s been the Newcastle manager, with the side in 4th position at the moment in the Premier League, the best league in the world we may add.
Whether Newcastle can keep it up over a full season is another question of course, but so far so good. And certainly Newcastle fans everywhere will be hoping the team’s excellent form can continue, and certainly the fan support is the best it can be at the Tyneside club.
A win tomorrow will be further proof that perhaps Newcastle are indeed a decent side, even a good side, but we’re not ready to take our feet off the ground. Well, not until Newcastle win several more games before the end of the year.
So are Newcastle as good as their record so far this season suggests? The emphatic answer seems to be ….. maybe.
First things first though, and the next challenge for the team is tomorrow afternoon at Wolves, and that will not be easy.
It will be a tough physical game, and we’ll at least find out more about the side and the new players, and whether they are indeed as good as they have looked over the last two league games.
We’ll know more at 5:00 pm tomorrow afternoon, and a win at Wolves will make that maybe just a little bit of a stronger maybe.
Howay The Lads!!